recession

noun (1)
re·​ces·​sion | \ ri-ˈse-shən How to pronounce recession (audio) \

Definition of recession

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or action of receding : withdrawal
2 : a departing procession (as of clergy and choir at the end of a church service)
3 : a period of reduced economic activity

recession

noun (2)
re·​ces·​sion | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈse-shən How to pronounce recession (audio) \

Definition of recession (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of ceding back to a former possessor

Other Words from recession

Noun (1)

recessionary \ ri-​ˈse-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce recession (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of recession

Noun (1)

circa 1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recession

Noun (2)

re- + cession

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The first known use of recession was circa 1652

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“Recession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recession. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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recession

noun
re·​ces·​sion | \ ri-ˈse-shən How to pronounce recession (audio) \

Kids Definition of recession

: a period of reduced business activity

recession

noun
re·​ces·​sion | \ ri-ˈsesh-ən How to pronounce recession (audio) \

Medical Definition of recession

: pathological withdrawal of tissue from its normal position advanced gum recession

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