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 Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed hope that Congress would pass President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal ahead of the August recess. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Pelosi aims to have Biden infrastructure passed before August," 10 Apr. 2021 The playground at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton buzzed with the joy of recess on Jan. 17, 1989, as second-grader Sam Leam waited his turn for tether ball. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A deranged white man aiming his bullets at Asians: The urgent lesson of 1989 Stockton massacre," 20 Mar. 2021 Some schools tapped principals, librarians, guidance counselors and other staff members to teach classes or monitor lunch and recess. New York Times, "Pandemic Teacher Shortages Imperil In-Person Schooling," 19 Jan. 2021 Students will remain in the classroom for a vast majority of the day, though some schools have elected to have students leave for lunch and recess, while others will have pupils eat at their desks. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Chicago schools push forward with reopening plan despite teachers union, city council objections," 5 Jan. 2021 During part of the recess, they were automatically approved to claim a daily $287 allowance that some said helped pay lease and storage obligations. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic causes housing headaches for Alaska lawmakers returning to Juneau for next legislative session," 14 Dec. 2020 Jim Baugh is founder and president of PHIT America, which circulated a petition starting in August to require 30 minutes of recess at least three times a week for all students. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "The kids aren't alright: COVID-fueled stress eating, inequities, lack of fitness expected to boost obesity, experts say," 14 Oct. 2020 Nelson took his turn and went for more than 2½ hours until Cahill interrupted him and ordered a 30-minute recess for lunch at 2:10 p.m. Dallas News, "Jury ends first day of deliberating verdict for former cop Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death," 20 Apr. 2021 Nelson took his turn and went for more than 2½ hours until Cahill interrupted him and ordered a 30-minute recess for lunch at 2:10 p.m. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Jury ends first day of deliberating with no verdicts in Derek Chauvin murder trial," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Legislative leaders aim to recess the ongoing regular legislative session by April 30. Arkansas Online, "State health plans’ overseer targeted," 19 Apr. 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the move to recess until April 6 with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing through a huge income tax cut. NBC News, "Idaho Legislature shuts down due to Covid-19 outbreak," 20 Mar. 2021 If a 15th juror is seated, court is expected to recess for the remainder of the week, giving everyone a break from two-plus weeks of the grinding and repetitive but high-stakes process of jury selection. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "After more than two weeks, jury could be seated Tuesday in Derek Chauvin trial," 22 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the move to recess until April 6 with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing through a huge income tax cut. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Let us cheer!’, cruises return, adolescent trials: News from around our 50 states," 22 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the move to recess until April 6 with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing through a huge income tax cut. NBC News, "Idaho Legislature shuts down due to Covid-19 outbreak," 20 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the move to recess until April 6 with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing through a huge income tax cut. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Let us cheer!’, cruises return, adolescent trials: News from around our 50 states," 22 Mar. 2021 If a final juror is picked Tuesday, the court is expected to recess until Monday, when opening statements are scheduled to begin. Washington Post, "Derek Chauvin trial: Jury could be seated Tuesday, as court seeks one more alternate," 22 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the move to recess until April 6 with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing through a huge income tax cut. NBC News, "Idaho Legislature shuts down due to Covid-19 outbreak," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Recess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recess. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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recess

noun

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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