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recreation

play
noun rec·re·a·tion \ˌre-krē-ˈā-shən\

Simple Definition of recreation

  • : something people do to relax or have fun : activities done for enjoyment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recreation

  1. :  refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also :  a means of refreshment or diversion :  hobby

Examples of recreation in a sentence

  1. The fields next to the school are used for recreation.

  2. <decided to take a bike tour of the island for recreation and relaxation>



Origin and Etymology of recreation

Middle English recreacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin recreation-, recreatio restoration to health, from recreare to create anew, restore, refresh, from re- + creare to create


First Known Use: 15th century



RECREATION Defined for Kids

recreation

play
noun rec·re·a·tion \ˌrek-rē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of recreation for Students

  1. :  something done for fun and relaxation <We bike for recreation.>





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