recess

1 of 2

noun

re·​cess ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio)
ri-ˈ
1
: the action of receding : recession
2
: a hidden, secret, or secluded place or part
3
a
: indentation, cleft
a deep recess in the hill
b
: alcove
a recess lined with books
4
: a suspension of business or procedure often for rest or relaxation
children playing at recess

recess

2 of 2

verb

recessed; recessing; recesses

transitive verb

1
: to put into a recess
recessed lighting
2
: to make a recess in
3
: to interrupt for a recess

intransitive verb

: to take a recess

Example Sentences

Noun The students play outside after lunch and at recess. Do you have morning recess? The Senate debates will continue after the August recess. The Senate wanted to vote on the bill before recess. Verb The trial recessed for the holidays. The judge decided to recess the trial for the holidays. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
After a short recess, the House voted to adjourn and come back to fight on Wednesday. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2023 In their first meeting after the July recess, City Council returned to a long list of concerns voiced by residents. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 The committee plans to continue gathering information and could hold additional sessions after August recess. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 22 July 2022 News of the hearing comes as Congress returns to Washington after a two-week recess. Farnoush Amiri And Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 The EU Parliament and Council will have to formally approve the agreement after a summer recess. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 8 June 2022 The agreement still needs formal approval from both the European Parliament and the Council, with a vote expected after the summer recess. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 7 June 2022 Lawmakers will return after a recess with more time having passed since the shooting, and possibly less motivation to address the issue—at least, until the next mass shooting restarts the cycle. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 25 May 2022 His scorecard had more snowmen than an elementary schoolyard after recess in the winter. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022
Verb
Another planned two weeks in advance to bring her laptop out to recess in an effort to snag tickets. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2022 Azam noted that Congress is expected to recess for several weeks in October, and suggested that the campaign could follow members to their individual states and districts. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 28 Sep. 2022 On late Friday afternoon, the Senate voted 20-8 to recess and delay its consideration of its Ethics Committee's recommendation to suspend Clark for the rest of this year and strip him of seniority for the rest of this year and the next two years. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2022 The Legislature on Friday approved identical resolutions -- Senate Resolution 35 and House Resolution 1054, respectively -- under which each chamber would recess the regular session that day. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2021 But additional information has come to the committee's attention, and Congress is set to recess for two weeks of remote and district work into the Fourth of July holiday. Mary Clare Jalonick, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 Congress was unable to pass COVID-19 relief funds before heading out to recess earlier this month. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Circuit Court Judge Philip Jackson opted to recess the trial early after Novella Chase’s lengthy testimony, giving jurors until 9:15 a.m. Monday to hear the remaining witnesses. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 21 Mar. 2022 House and Senate leaders said the House and Senate plan to recess today. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin recessus, from recedere to recede

First Known Use

Noun

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recess was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Recess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recess. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

recess

1 of 2 noun
re·​cess ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio)
ri-ˈses
1
: a hidden or secret place
2
a
: a space or little hollow set back (as from the main line of a coast or mountain range)
3
: a brief period for relaxation between periods of work

recess

2 of 2 verb
1
: to put into a recess
recessed lighting
2
: to make a recess in
3
: to interrupt for or take a recess

Medical Definition

recess

noun
re·​cess ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio) ri-ˈ How to pronounce recess (audio)
: an anatomical depression or cleft : fossa

Legal Definition

recess

noun
: a temporary adjournment of a trial, hearing, or legislative session
recess verb

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