verb (1)
rec·​re·​ate | \ˈre-krē-ˌāt \
recreated; recreating

Definition of recreate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give new life or freshness to : refresh


verb (2)
re-cre·​ate | \ˌrē-krē-ˈāt \
re-created; re-creating; re-creates

Definition of re-create (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from recreate

Verb (1)

recreative \ ˈre-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv \ adjective

Verb (2)

re-creatable \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
re-creation \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun
re-creative \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tiv \ adjective
re-creator \ ˌrē-​krē-​ˈā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for recreate

Synonyms: Verb (1)

dally, disport, frolic, play, rollick, skylark, sport, toy

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Examples of recreate in a Sentence

Verb (1)

supporters of preservation hope to recreate the architectural splendor that the old movie theater had when it first opened an old summer resort where families have been recreating for over a century

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Queen’s set at Live Aid — considered one of the greatest live performances of all time — is ably reenacted at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody (while the crowd is recreated less ably through noticeably bad CGI). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 2018 In the final scene, Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter) uses AR glasses to scan a necklace that is recreated offsite. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Colorful Circuit Cities Built From Motherboards, Processors, and Microchips," 11 July 2018 Their rivalry is recreated in this film, with Shia LaBeouf playing the hotheaded Mr. McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason playing the melancholy Mr. Borg. New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Secret City’ and ‘Blue Valentine’," 5 July 2018 Theresa also creates gorgeous drawings out of eyeshadow and other makeup, and she's even recreated famous works of art. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Theresa Nakhoul Creates Sculptures Out of MAC Lipsticks," 1 July 2018 It has been recreated and altered in countless ways in the years hence. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 All individual specifications for a scenario or an illustration must be recreated each time. Mark Naymik,, "Read Cleveland Amazon document released by planning agency: Mark Naymik," 11 May 2018 It was recreated in Italy by Ferrari and Bacci Artistic Mosaics using 11 million pieces of glass. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Orange County: Woodlawn Memorial Park’s happy little plot," 6 May 2018 The noodle bar has even been recreated in life-size and visitors can enjoy some ramen or sake there. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Peek into the dazzling sets from new Wes Anderson film ‘Isle of Dogs’," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of recreate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of re-create

: to make (something from the past) exist or seem to exist again : to create (something) again

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