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 series can certainly be funny, particularly the images of the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, a Biblical amusement park featuring a recreation of ancient Jerusalem and daily reenactments of Jesus’s crucifixion. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing," 10 Jan. 2020 The exhibit will take you through seven galleries depicting recreations of the ship’s rooms and the stories of its passengers. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Visiting Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl? Here's your guide to fun things to do around town," 24 Dec. 2019 And on a blustery evening last week, a recreation of those loaves graced a banquet at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, where the British chef Heston Blumenthal staged a meal inspired by the cuisine of Pompeii. Meara Sharma, New York Times, "How to Eat Dinner Like the Last Citizens of Pompeii," 24 Dec. 2019 In good news, this game is entirely PvE, as opposed to a bolted-on recreation of the game's PvP MMO content. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How MechWarrior’s return took me back to the early ‘90s mall in my mind," 10 Dec. 2019 That led to recreations of some of the most iconic meals in cinematic and television history. Jamie Wax, CBS News, ""Binging with Babish" YouTube series recreates food from movies and TV shows," 7 Dec. 2019 Still, most of the time, the majority of the river’s 981 miles are ripe for recreation and fit for drinking after proper treatment. April Johnston,, "‘That's vinegar’: The Ohio River’s history of contamination and progress made," 26 Dec. 2019 The nonprofit has helped more than 30,000 of them through a range of support programs centered on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial-area military wife wins scholarship from Hope for the Warriors," 26 Dec. 2019 That’s what happened in January when the government initiated a new electronic system for H-2B visas for seasonal guest workers in industries such as landscaping, recreation and hospitality. Carolyn Said,, "Big changes coming to H-1B visa lottery," 19 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recreation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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