recreate

verb (1)
rec·​re·​ate | \ ˈre-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce recreate (audio) \
recreated; recreating; recreates

Definition of recreate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give new life or freshness to : refresh supporters of preservation hope to recreate the architectural splendor that the old movie theater had when it first opened … it became late enough to suggest tea. We had got through one brew, and the three great minds were recreating themselves with cake, when there came another knock at the door …— G. Dosset

intransitive verb

: to take recreation an old summer resort where families have been recreating for over a century

re-create

verb (2)
re-cre·​ate | \ ˌrē-krē-ˈāt How to pronounce re-create (audio) \
variants: or recreate
re-created or recreated; re-creating or recreating; re-creates

Definition of re-create (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to create again especially : to form anew in the imagination

Other Words from recreate

Verb (1)

recreative \ ˈre-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce recreate (audio) \ adjective

Verb (2)

re-creatable \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce re-create (audio) \ adjective
re-creation \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce re-create (audio) \ noun
re-creative \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tiv How to pronounce re-create (audio) \ adjective
re-creator \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tər How to pronounce re-create (audio) \ noun

Examples of recreate in a Sentence

Verb (2) The movie set re-creates a London street of 1895. The scene of the crime was re-created based upon police photographs.

First Known Use of recreate

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recreate

Verb (1)

Middle English recreaten, borrowed from Latin recreāre "to make new, restore, revive" — more at recreation

Verb (2)

re- + create entry 1

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“Recreate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recreate. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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