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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The pods have areas for meals, classes and recreation, which limits the risk that comes from taking inmates to and from their beds several times a day. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019 Wyoming allows hunting, but not other public recreation, on its 3.6 million acres of trust lands, according to an analysis by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado sportsmen, women would have another 100,000 acres of range to roam if additional state trust lands are made public," 27 June 2019 The attraction will include interactive exhibits featuring iconic costumes from the sitcom’s nine seasons on NBC, memorabilia, set recreations, props, yada, yada, yada. Rosy Cordero,, "Celebrate 30 years of the show about nothing at the Seinfeld Experience," 27 June 2019 The program helps residents who are experiencing financial hardships an opportunity to participate in recreation programs. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 14 June 2019 As of Wednesday, Justin Hess, assistant city manager, became the acting city manager and Judie Wilke, parks and recreation director, was appointed as the acting assistant city manager. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "City Manager Ron Davis to step down after 20-year career with Burbank," 28 June 2019 In addition to fresh goods, the market offers live music, children’s activities, artisans and community service organizations, according to Bonnie Caputo, recreation director for the village. Phil Rockrohr,, "Shout Out: Bonnie Caputo, recreation director for Lake Zurich," 26 June 2019 Some people in the area, including the Valley County recreation director, Larry Laxson, applauded the effort. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Who Gets to Own the West?," 22 June 2019 The event, now in its 14th year, was focused on free activities for children 12 and under, said Ryan Aubin, Griswold’s parks and recreation director. Janice Steinhagen,, "Families Flock To Annual Youthtopia Festival," 10 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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