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Definition of "recess" [re•cess]

  • A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit. (noun)
  • The period of such cessation. See Synonyms at pause. (noun)
  • A remote, secret, or secluded place. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • An indentation or small hollow. (noun)
  • An alcove. (noun)
  • A space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A secluded or secret place (noun)
  • A cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation (noun)
  • A small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure (noun)
  • A break between classes at a school (noun)
  • To place or set (something) in a recess (verb)
  • To build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc) (verb)

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Use "recess" in a sentence
  • "The second session provides for the suspension of an officer during the recess, and for a temporary appointment _during the recess_."
  • "FRANKEN: OK, first of all, I love the term recess appointment."
  • "Additionally the term recess is often at issue, originally the Senate was only in session for six months out of the year."