verb (1)
rec·re·ate | \ ˈre-krē-ˌāt \
recreated; recreating

Definition of recreate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give new life or freshness to : refresh


verb (2)
re-cre·ate | \ ˌrē-krē-ˈāt \
re-created; re-creating; re-creates

Definition of re-create (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to create again especially : to form anew in the imagination

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Other words from recreate

Verb (1)

recreative \ˈre-krē-ˌā-tiv \ adjective

Verb (2)

re-creatable \ˌrē-krē-ˈā-tə-bəl \ adjective
re-creation \ˌrē-krē-ˈā-shən \ noun
re-creative \ˌrē-krē-ˈā-tiv \ adjective
re-creator \ˌrē-krē-ˈā-tər \ noun

Synonyms for recreate

Synonyms: Verb (1)

dally, disport, frolic, play, rollick, skylark, sport, toy

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Examples of recreate in a Sentence

Verb (1)

supporters of preservation hope to recreate the architectural splendor that the old movie theater had when it first opened an old summer resort where families have been recreating for over a century

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Attempts to recreate the building now would amount to a pastiche or replica, not a restoration, and Mackintosh was an innovator, not an antiquarian. The Economist, "A burnt-out case," 21 June 2018 In a sign that the two leaders were aiming to recreate their early chemistry, Trump said the two would sneak out for a round of golf on Wednesday ahead of additional meetings. Carol Robinson,, "70-year-old man killed in west Alabama crash," 17 Apr. 2018 But while making that movie, Zhao met the Jandreau family at the center of The Rider and worked with them to recreate the real-life story of Brady’s injury and recovery process. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Rider Is the Best Film of 2018 So Far," 11 Apr. 2018 After receiving a number of requests for his help in recreating his epic trip, Derek now offers train travel planning services for $49. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "You Can Now See the Most Beautiful Sights in America With This $219 Train Trip," 2 Feb. 2018 Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 Saab's collection had Spanish vibes, while the Dutch duo recreated past looks. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Couture Week: Elie Saab Says 'Ole,' Viktor & Rolf Say 'Remember When?'," 5 July 2018 Penelope Cruz, Pharrell Williams and Lily Allen applauded after the cinematic runway display in which the French fashion house painstaking recreated a Parisian cityscape — all inside the nave of the Grand Palais. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 This past weekend’s games were supposed to be part of a large, structured tournament recreating the famed Operation: Black Hawk Down when U.S. Delta Force soldiers battled Somali warlords. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Like 'Call of Duty' but a lot more fun: Weekend warriors play paintball scenarios in Crete," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of recreate

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recreate

Verb (1)

Middle English recreaten, borrowed from Latin recreāre "to make new, restore, revive" — more at recreation

Verb (2)

re- + create entry 1

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The first known use of recreate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of re-create

: to make (something from the past) exist or seem to exist again : to create (something) again

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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