[ ri-ses, ree-ses ]
/ rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛs /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take a recess.

Nearby words

  1. receptively,
  2. receptivity,
  3. receptor,
  4. receptor protein,
  5. receptual,
  6. recessed,
  7. recession,
  8. recessional,
  9. recessional moraine,
  10. recessionary

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

Related formsnon·re·cess, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for recess
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Medicine definitions for recess


[ rēsĕs′, rĭ-sĕs ]


A small hollow or an indented area.

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