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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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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Her skin was transformed into the Dark Lord's sickly shade of gray blue, and even featured a recreation of his slitted nose. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Went as Voldemort for Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 The moment is a recreation of a famous scene from the original, with Laurie in Michael's place. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Halloween Is More Than a Horror Movie—It's a Tribute to Mothers and Daughters," 20 Oct. 2018 Exhibits there focus on the traders, pioneers and indigenous people of the area, via a compact collection of petroglyphs and arrowheads, and a recreation of a turn-of-the-century pharmacy. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 That piece happened to be a recreation of her young son’s notebook, but there’s a childlike quality to all such art. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 Like No Other Down in the basement of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum — in a recreation of a slave ship — Nat Williams, a tour guide, was explaining the concept of branding to a group of African-American teenagers. New York Times, "Place 19 of 52: A Celebration of African-American Culture in Baltimore," 29 June 2018 The fest includes screenings, competitions, a street fair, and, of course, the recreation of the famous run from the Colonial Theatre. Bethany Ao,, "Philadelphia's summer festivals from Wawa Welcome America and Odunde to the Philadelphia Folk Festival," 6 June 2018 Robert, a well-to-do contractor from Houston, mixed a little R&R — reefer and recreation — with his latest business trip to Colorado. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 Under the community tab, citizens can find parks and recreation information, the latest city news, Loganville history and sign up for emergency alerts. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Loganville has new website," 11 July 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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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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