Recess - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈses|  American pronunciation of the word recess
Brit.  |rɪˈsɛs|  British pronunciation of the word recess


- a state of abeyance or suspended business (syn: deferral)
- a small concavity (syn: corner, niche, recession)
- an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands) (syn: inlet)
- an enclosure that is set back or indented (syn: niche)
- a pause from doing something (as work) (syn: break, respite)


- put into a recess
- make a recess in
- close at the end of a session (syn: adjourn)


The students play outside after lunch and at recess.

Do you have morning recess?

The Senate debates will continue after the August recess.

The Senate wanted to vote on the bill before recess.

The trial recessed for the holidays.

The judge decided to recess the trial for the holidays.

Parliament was in recess.

The window recessed itself into the wall

His house stood recessed from the road.

Parliament's summer recess

Her favorite things at school are music and recess.

...the judge's swift rejection of the lawyer's request for a recess...

...since it was raining, the kids had recess in the gymnasium...

...a recess in the face of the cliff that is hidden by the thick vines dangling from the jagged overhang above...

The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: recess
he/she/it: recesses
present participle: recessing
past tense: recessed
past participle: recessed
singular: recess
plural: recesses
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