Official vs Vacation - What's the difference?

official | vacation |

As nouns the difference between official and vacation

is that official is an office holder invested with powers and authorities while vacation is freedom from some business or activity.

As a adjective official

is of or pertaining to an office or public trust.

As a verb vacation is

to spend or take a vacation.



(en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
  • official duties
  • Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
  • an official statement or report
  • Approved by authority; authorized.
  • sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
  • an official drug or preparation
  • Discharging an office or function.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • the stomach and other parts official unto nutrition
  • Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  • Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  • Antonyms

    * unofficial


    (en noun)
  • An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
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  • A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
  • Hyponyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * fourth official






    (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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