recreation

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

His mock recreation of a 1992 ski film, using all period equipment, is a time-warp masterpiece that makes explicit points about slavish commitment to contemporary styles. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Is Everyone Skiing on the Wrong Skis?," 21 Feb. 2019 The loss of snow and ice is already a major problem for winter recreation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 First, there’s an ideal location near Oswego Lake, a 420-acre recreation destination that’s the star of the small, charming town of Lake Oswego. Megan Barber, Curbed, "A-frame midcentury home with gorgeous atrium asks $700K," 14 Dec. 2018 Upon finding a pot and a hammer on the side of a mountain,Just Cause 4 transfers seamlessly into a recreation of Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, one of 2017’s best indie games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty starts selling sans-Zombies, DayZ preps Early Access exit," 7 Dec. 2018 About 200 years later, a recreation of it opened just in time for the bicentennial. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 The actual Pumpkin Spice Latte took Starbucks around three months to perfect, but Megan's felt toy recreation was no easy feat, and has been in the works for over a year. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Felt Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Nearly Identical To the Real Thing," 26 Sep. 2018 An assistant to Wiseman later pulled out a training table in a hallway of the cramped community recreation center, which buzzed as the biggest recruiting showcase of the summer began in earnest. Roman Stubbs, chicagotribune.com, "At Nike Peach Jam, high school stars ready to see end of NBA's one-and-done era," 13 July 2018 The historic area with its recreation access and boat ramp was less than three hours away, the blink of an eye in the midst of a months-long road trip. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recreation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recreation

Share recreation

Statistics for recreation

Last Updated

12 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for recreation

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for recreation

recreation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recreation

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

recreation

noun
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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on recreation

What made you want to look up recreation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!