Synonyms and Antonyms of recreation
1 activity engaged in to amuse oneself <decided to take a bike tour of the island for recreation and relaxation> Synonyms dalliance, frolic, frolicking, fun, fun and games, play, relaxation, rollicking, sportRelated Words gamboling (or gambolling), romping; amusement, diversion, entertainment; hobby, hobbyhorse, pastime; delight, enjoyment, pleasance, pleasure; friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness, wantonness; devilment, devilry (or deviltry), hanky-panky, hob, impishness, jinks, knavery, mischief, mischievousness, rascality, roguishness, waggery; binge, fling, kick, lark, revel, rollick, spree; hilarity, merriment, merrymaking, revelry, whoopee; buffoonery, high jinks (also hijinks), horseplay, tomfooleryNear Antonyms drudgery, labor, work; duty, obligation, responsibility
2 someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment <bowling is great recreation on a rainy afternoon> Synonyms delight, distraction, diversion, divertissement, entertainment, pleasure, funRelated Words escape, pastime, time killer; binge, fling, frolic, gambol, lark, revel, rollick, romp, spree; frolicking, rollicking; carousing, conviviality, festivity, gaiety (also gayety), hilarity, jollification, jollity, merrymaking, reveling (or revelling), revelry, whoopee; picnic; laugh, riot, scream; activity, gameNear Antonyms killjoy, party pooperAntonyms bore, bummer, downer, drag
3 the act or activity of providing pleasure or amusement especially for the public <water parks have become a significant part of the recreation business> Synonyms amusement, diversion, entertainmentRelated Words nightlife, show business; delectation, delight, enjoyment, joy, mirth; gratification, relaxation, relief, satisfaction; exhibition, performance, presentation, presentment, production, show, spectacle; escapism
4 an activity outside of one's regular occupation that is engaged in primarily for pleasure <as with other men of his class and income, his principal recreations were polo and yachting> Synonyms hobby, hobbyhorse, pursuit, avocationRelated Words amusement, distraction, diversion, entertainment, pastime, relaxation, sport
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