rec·re·a·tion | \ ˌre-krē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of recreation 

: refreshment of strength and spirits after work also : a means of refreshment or diversion : hobby

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Synonyms & Antonyms for recreation


delight, distraction, diversion, entertainment, fun, pleasure


bore, bummer, downer, drag

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Examples of recreation in a Sentence

The fields next to the school are used for recreation. decided to take a bike tour of the island for recreation and relaxation

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The Wolf’s Den includes a recreation area with pingpong tables, and arcade and video games that children staying at the campground can use. Dave Altimari,, "Family of Two Children Files Lawsuit Against Campground After Alleged Sexual Assault," 12 July 2018 Areas that are open Popular recreation areas that had been closed will re-open. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Some Arizona fire restrictions lifted; forests reopening," 11 July 2018 The Wildwood Canyon recreation area and Stough Canyon Nature Center were temporarily closed to the public as a result of the fire but were completely reopened by Tuesday. Andy Nguyen,, "Fire in the Verdugo Mountains now mostly contained but the cause remains a mystery, Burbank officials say," 10 July 2018 The grant is part of a Park and Recreational Facility Construction program, which provides state funding for renovation and construction of indoor recreation areas. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Expansion project at Prisco Community Center in Aurora to be completed this month," 9 July 2018 The recreation area in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest surrounds a flowage lake created by a dam on the Mondeaux River. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 The idea is that greenhouse gas emissions and all their consequences interfere with how the general public can use their homes, their farmland, and their recreation areas. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 The roughly 1,800-acre recreation area currently has 22.5 miles of trails for mountain biking and horseback riding, a community garden and several ball fields. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Surfrider says county's Tijuana River Valley Regional Park "too dirty" for planned campground," 3 July 2018 Located between the Kentucky and Barkley lakes, this western Kentucky recreation area contains 500 miles of trails and 170,000 acres of forests and open lands. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of recreation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recreation

Middle English recreacioun "act of refreshment, action of amusing," borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin recreātiōn-, recreātiō "spiritual refreshment, amusement, new birth," going back to Latin, "act of restoring," from recreāre "to make new, restore, revive" (from re- re- + creāre "to bring into being, beget, give birth to") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at create entry 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of recreation

: something people do to relax or have fun : activities done for enjoyment


rec·re·a·tion | \ ˌrek-rē-ˈā-shən \

Kids Definition of recreation

: something done for fun and relaxation We bike for recreation.

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the setting in which something occurs

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