take/have a vacation
• We usually take a vacation once a year.
go on vacation
• I'm going on vacation next month.
need a vacation
• You're working too hard. You need a vacation.
spend a vacation
• Where did you spend your vacation?
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + vacation
a summer vacation
• What did you do on your summer vacation?
a family vacation
• We had to cancel the family vacation.
a long vacation
• She decided to take a long vacation.
a short vacation
• a short vacation at the beach
a two-week/three-day etc vacation
vacation + NOUN
a vacation spot
(= a place for a vacation )
• The island is my favorite vacation spot.
a vacation day
(= a day away from work on vacation )
• You could take a sick day or a vacation day.
(= an idea about what you want to do on your vacation )
• Do you have any vacation plans this summer?
>>> Do not say ' have vacation '. Say be on vacation .
especially American English , holiday especially British English time you spend away from school or work:
• Are you taking a vacation this summer? • We met on holiday in Cyprus. • What are you doing in the school holidays ?
a day that is set by law, when no one has to go to work or school:
• the Thanksgiving holiday • New Year's Day is a national holiday . • In 2002, there was an extra public holiday to mark the Queen's golden jubilee. • the August bank holiday (= day when all the banks and shops are closed – used in British English )
a time when you stop working or studying in order to rest, or a short vacation from school:
• a ten-minute coffee break • Lots of college kids come to the beaches during the spring break.
a time when you are allowed not to work:
• We get four weeks' annual leave (= paid time off work each year ) . • He has been taking a lot of sick leave (= time off work because you are ill ) recently. • Angela is on maternity leave (= time off work when having a baby ) . • He was given compassionate leave (= time off work because someone close to you has died, is very ill etc ) to go to his father's funeral.
[ usually singular ] a period when someone, especially a teacher, stops doing their usual work in order to study or travel:
• She was on sabbatical for six months. • I'm thinking of taking a sabbatical.
a period of time when a soldier or someone working in another country can return to their own country as a holiday:
• While on furlough, he and his girlfriend got married.
R & R
( rest and relaxation ) a holiday, especially one given to people in the army, navy etc after a long period of hard work or during a war:
• Soldiers in Vietnam were taken to Hawaii for R & R.