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recess

noun re·cess \ ˈrē-ˌses , ri-ˈ \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of recess

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

Examples of recess in a Sentence

  1. The students play outside after lunch and at recess.

  2. Do you have morning recess?

  3. The Senate debates will continue after the August recess.

  4. The Senate wanted to vote on the bill before recess.

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Origin and Etymology of recess

Latin recessus, from recedere to recede


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recess

verb

Definition of recess

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

Examples of recess in a Sentence

  1. The trial recessed for the holidays.

  2. The judge decided to recess the trial for the holidays.

Recent Examples of recess from the Web

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First Known Use of recess

1809


RECESS Defined for English Language Learners

recess

noun

Definition of recess for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of recess for English Language Learners

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


RECESS Defined for Kids

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recess

noun re·cess \ ˈrē-ˌses , ri-ˈses \

Definition of recess for Students

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

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recess

verb

Definition of recess for Students

recessed; recessing
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

Medical Dictionary

recess

noun re·cess \ ˈrē-ˌses , ri-ˈ \

medical Definition of recess

:an anatomical depression or cleft :fossa

Law Dictionary

recess

noun re·cess \ ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈses \

legal Definition of recess

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

recess

verb


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