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va·ca·tion

vacation

 
 
pronunciation:
veI keI shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a period of rest from school, work, or other activities.
We'll go on vacation as soon as school ends.
synonyms:
holiday
similar words:
break, furlough, leave, recess, trip
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: vacations, vacationing, vacationed
definition: to take a vacation.
They vacation in Mexico.
similar words:
cruise, travel, visit
Word History
Vacation comes from a Latin word that means "to be empty, free, or at leisure." See the word history at school for an interesting surprise.
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The word vacation contains the following parts:
vac Latin root that means empty
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-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration).