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1 a hollowed-out space in a wall
  • the curator placed the large vase in one of the recesses of the gallery wall

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2 a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended
  • the couple goes to Florida every January for a month-long recess from the rigors of winter

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3 a momentary halt in an activity
  • the judge called for a brief recess so that the witness could regain her composure

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4 a sunken area forming a separate space
  • decided to camp in a sandy recess where the beach met the forest

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Synonyms & Antonyms of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

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The first known use of recess was in 1531

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“Recess.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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