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
Recent Examples on the Web The measures include the full closure of gyms, recreation facilities, and personal care services while also limiting non-essential retail stores to curbside pickup, CP24 reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Canada places largest city under 'lockdown' for at least 28 days amid coronavirus spikes," 22 Nov. 2020 Terry is the former Olmsted Falls City Council member and was the liaison to the recreation board. cleveland, "New local group focuses on Village Green playground: Olmsted Dates and Data," 20 Nov. 2020 All indoor youth and adult recreational group sports must temporarily stop, but outdoor sports and recreation can continue as well as individual training. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 14,612 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 168 additional deaths reported as data shows ‘exponential’ spread during past 12 weeks," 19 Nov. 2020 To levy a 1-mill property tax for 10 years, starting in 2021, for playgrounds and recreation. Staff Report,, "Early voting starts Friday for Dec. 5 election; See what's on the ballot in the New Orleans area," 19 Nov. 2020 As temperatures rise, lake ice becomes less stable and less safe for sport or recreation. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Ice Drownings Expected to Rise as Winters Warm," 19 Nov. 2020 The Interior Department runs the national park system and oversees grazing, recreation, energy development and other activities on about a fifth of the U.S. Jennifer A Dlouhy,, "Biden Urged to Make Haaland First Native American in Cabinet," 19 Nov. 2020 During that same period, the county saw a 66 percent increase in cases, who reported to attend a sporting event and a 141 percent increase in cases reported to engage in outdoor recreation. Craig Clary,, "Rising numbers force shutdown of Baltimore County youth sports," 18 Nov. 2020 The look was an intentional recreation of a famous portrait of famed supermodel Donyale Luna. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Wears A Naked Dress on the Cover of Essence, Recreating Photos of Supermodel Donyale Luna," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recreation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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