recess

noun
re·​cess | \ ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio) , ri-ˈ \

Definition of recess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of receding : recession
2 : a hidden, secret, or secluded place or part
3a : 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

verb
recessed; recessing; recesses

Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for recess

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of recess in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Senate is on recess until Oct. 19 and the House until mid-November, but lawmakers have been told they can be called back with 24 hours notice to vote on any stimulus deal. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Pelosi Calls Trump Plan ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’," 10 Oct. 2020 Congress is on recess but set to come back into session this month. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fiserv Forum and other Milwaukee venues were lit in red to urge Congress to pass the Restart Act," 2 Sep. 2020 And with both the House and Senate on recess, a stimulus deal before September looks unlikely. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Stimulus deal update: With the Republicans’ latest offer, the parties are $900 billion apart," 31 Aug. 2020 Navajo County District Attorney Joel Ruechal filed an appeal of the court's order on July 27 to the Supreme Court, which was on summer recess at the time. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Man at risk for COVID-19 in jail will not be released as Arizona Supreme Court takes on case," 27 Aug. 2020 Waymack is angry that Congress didn’t extend the $600 federal supplement before going on recess until Labor Day. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "'We shouldn’t have to beg': Americans struggle without unemployment aid as Congress stalls on extending benefits," 25 Aug. 2020 The hearing was held remotely as Congress is on recess and lawmakers have been conducting much of their business during the coronavirus outbreak in virtual settings. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Postmaster general tells Senate committee ballot delivery will be top priority but offers no plan," 21 Aug. 2020 The morning hearing was being held remotely as Congress is on recess and lawmakers have been conducting much of their business during the coronavirus outbreak in virtual settings. Arkansas Online, "Postmaster says 'no idea' mailboxes, equipment being removed," 21 Aug. 2020 The hearing was held remotely as Congress is on recess and lawmakers have been conducting much of their business during the coronavirus outbreak in virtual settings. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Postmaster: No pre-election return of mail boxes, equipment," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Any deal would have to pass the Senate, which is currently focused on filling a Supreme Court vacancy and planning to recess much of October. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Coronavirus-Aid Talks Still Stuck After Counteroffer by Mnuchin," 1 Oct. 2020 The Senate is scheduled to recess in mid-October, though that schedule could change. Author: Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "What happens with the Supreme Court vacancy?," 19 Sep. 2020 The Senate is scheduled to recess in mid-October, though that schedule could change. Author: Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "What happens with the Supreme Court vacancy?," 19 Sep. 2020 The Senate is scheduled to recess in mid-October, though that schedule could change. Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "AP Explains: What happens with the Supreme Court vacancy?," 18 Sep. 2020 There is a narrow window for him to be confirmed before the Nov. 3 election, with the Senate away until Labor Day and then scheduled to recess in mid-October. Ben Fox, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump: Acting homeland security secretary will lead agency," 25 Aug. 2020 The Senate appears likely to recess today for the remainder of the month. Arkansas Online, "Aid talks resume, then stall quickly," 13 Aug. 2020 Talks on a new round of coronavirus aid ground to a halt Thursday when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate would recess for the remainder of the summer district work period. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Country records highest single-day death toll this month," 13 Aug. 2020 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put in motion the procedural steps to recess, possibly Thursday. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of recess

Noun

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for recess

Noun

Latin recessus, from recedere to recede

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The first known use of recess was in 1531

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recess. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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recess

noun
How to pronounce recess (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a short period of time during the school day when children can play
: a usually brief period of time during which regular activity in a court of law or in a government stops
: a dark, hidden place or part

recess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to stop regular activity in a court of law or in a government for a usually short period of time

recess

noun
re·​cess | \ ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio) , ri-ˈses \

Kids Definition of recess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief period for relaxation between work periods The students play ball at recess.
2 : a secret or hidden place The droplets of water came from somewhere high up in the dark recesses of the roof …— Brian Jacques, Redwall
3 : a hollow cut or built into a surface (as a wall) The room has a recess lined with books.
4 : a brief time off from the activity of a court

recess

verb
recessed; recessing

Kids Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a hollow space The light fixture was recessed into the ceiling.
2 : to interrupt for or take a brief time off

recess

noun
re·​cess | \ ˈrē-ˌses How to pronounce recess (audio) , ri-ˈ How to pronounce recess (audio) \

Medical Definition of recess

: an anatomical depression or cleft : fossa

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recess

noun
re·​cess | \ ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈses How to pronounce recess (audio) \

Legal Definition of recess

: a temporary adjournment of a trial, hearing, or legislative session

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