Leisure vs Vacation - What's the difference?

leisure | vacation |

As nouns the difference between leisure and vacation

is that leisure is freedom provided by the cessation of activities while vacation is freedom from some business or activity.

As a verb vacation is

to spend or take a vacation.




  • Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
  • Time free from work or duties.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • The desire of leisure is much more natural than of business and care.
  • * 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 11
  • Little had Mrs. Dashwood or her daughters imagined when they first came into Devonshire, that so many engagements would arise to occupy their time as shortly presented themselves, or that they should have such frequent invitations and such constant visitors as to leave them little leisure for serious employment.
  • * 1908 , William David Ross (translator), Aristotle,
  • This is why the mathematical arts were founded in Egypt; for there the priestly caste was allowed to be at leisure .
  • Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.
  • * Dryden
  • He sighed, and had no leisure more to say.

    See also

    * ease * recreation




    (en noun)
  • Freedom from some business or activity.
  • (obsolete) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity.
  • *, II.28:
  • The first exploited his, sundrie waies, and excelleth in military exploits, and utilitie of his publike vacations .
  • A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc.
  • (North America) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure.
  • The act of vacating something; moving out.
  • The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.
  • (US, legal) The act of making legally void.
  • Synonyms

    * (UK) holiday (1,4), annulment (2), revocation (2)


    (en verb)
  • To spend or take a vacation.
  • This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.


    * (UK) go on holiday * *


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