rec·​re·​a·​tion | \ ˌre-krē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce recreation (audio) \

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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In addition to the federal employees left without pay, the small businesses located near federal buildings, parks, and recreation areas also take a hit. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways the Government Shutdown Is Impacting Americans," 3 Jan. 2019 Researchers have found that climate change will shrink the number of days for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling across 247 winter recreation areas. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Considering outdoor recreation generates nearly $900 billion in consumer spending and $63 billion in federal tax revenue each year, that’s a good deal for the American people. WSJ, "It Makes No Sense to Cut LWCF’s Funding," 26 June 2018 The US Forest Service also is planning to bar recreation in a handful of ranger districts in the Cibola National Forest outside of Albuquerque beginning Friday. Colleen Slevin, The Christian Science Monitor, "To avert potential wildfires, officials across Southwest close national forests," 12 June 2018 In total, roughly a third of the measure’s bounty is designated for parks and other recreation uses, a third for protecting natural habitats and a third for water and flood-control projects. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Inside the $4.1 billion California measure that thinks small to fix parks, waterways," 4 May 2018 Galligan said that recreation the department uses high school students to help run the program, but that 19 of those students are leaving the program. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "South Windsor Officials Reviewing Future Of School Recreation Program," 3 May 2018 According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is responsible for 313,000 direct jobs in New York—nearly double the number of people who work in the state’s financial sector. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "New York Wants to Get More People Camping—for Free," 26 Apr. 2018 Although officials asserted the shot was directed toward the Ohio National Guard, Drumm's recreation was able to prove the bullet had been fired at the student demonstrators. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron artist Don Drumm's iconic sun still shining after 60 years," 26 Apr. 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 How to pronounce recreation (audio) \

Kids Definition of recreation

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

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