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verb (1)

rec·​re·​ate ˈre-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce recreate (audio)
recreated; recreating; recreates

transitive verb

: to give new life or freshness to : refresh
supporters of preservation hope to recreate the architectural splendor that the old movie theater had when it first opened
… it became late enough to suggest tea. We had got through one brew, and the three great minds were recreating themselves with cake, when there came another knock at the door …G. Dosset

intransitive verb

: to take recreation
an old summer resort where families have been recreating for over a century
recreative adjective


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verb (2)

re-cre·​ate ˌrē-krē-ˈāt How to pronounce re-create (audio)
variants or recreate
re-created or recreated; re-creating or recreating; re-creates

transitive verb

: to create again
especially : to form anew in the imagination
re-creatable adjective
re-creation noun
re-creative adjective
re-creator noun

Examples of recreate in a Sentence

Verb (2) The movie set re-creates a London street of 1895. The scene of the crime was re-created based upon police photographs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Much of the show’s bubbly and endearing humor is how Meadows cleverly uses stage magic to re-create locales around the world from pieces of office furniture with hidden surprises. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Studies that re-create stone tools and use them for activities like cutting can help reveal how particular stones performed. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 Four other prisons in Panama have re-created the program, and authorities in Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, and Nicaragua have shown interest. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 Photo-illustration: WIRED Staff; Getty Images On Reddit and Truth Social, users have been trying to re-create the meme-stock magic for Trump Media and Technology Group—the company behind Truth Social—that boosted companies like GameStop in 2021. William Turton, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 The designers of This Discord Has Ghosts in It, Will Jobst and Adam Vass, set out to re-create a specific kind of detritus that shapes our experience and communication on the internet: the IRC messages, the C-boxes, the replies and DMs that linger online long after a conversation is done. Camille Butera, WIRED, 1 Apr. 2024 To re-create that relaxing atmosphere, apply sage green on bathroom walls and bring in some fresh greenery for natural decor. 48 Modern Bathroom Ideas for a Spa-Like Escape 4. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2024 In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Cameron detailed a study that used stunt people and hypothermia experts to re-create the film’s scene — an experiment timed to the release of a remastered version of the film. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 The 21-year-old pop star hilariously re-created Kidman’s viral AMC Theaters speech — a dramatic video of which plays onscreen before each showing at the company’s locations across the United States — in a TikTok video posted Tuesday. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

re- + create entry 1

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1587, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near recreate

Cite this Entry

“Recreate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
rec·​re·​ate ˈrek-rē-ˌāt How to pronounce recreate (audio)
recreated; recreating
: to give new life or freshness to
: to take recreation


2 of 2 verb
: to create again especially in the imagination

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