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recess

[ ri-ses, ree-ses ]
/ rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛs /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to take a recess.
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Origin of recess

1510–20; <Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt>ss

OTHER WORDS FROM recess

non·re·cess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for recess

recess

noun (rɪˈsɛs, ˈriːsɛs)
verb (rɪˈsɛs)
(tr) to place or set (something) in a recess
(tr) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)

Word Origin for recess

C16: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede
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Medical definitions for recess

recess
[ rēsĕs′, rĭ-sĕs ]

n.
A small hollow or an indented area.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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