[ri-ses, ree-ses]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take a recess.

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

Synonyms for recess Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for recessed

adjourn, terminate, dissolve, drop, rise, pigeonhole, sideline, shake, prorogue

Examples from the Web for recessed

Contemporary Examples of recessed

  • A federal magistrate in Florida recessed her arraignment hearing until Monday.

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    Allan Dodds Frank

    November 18, 2010

Historical Examples of recessed

British Dictionary definitions for recessed


noun (rɪˈsɛs, ˈriːsɛs)

a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
(often plural) a secluded or secret placerecesses of the mind
a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
anatomy a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
US and Canadian a break between classes at a school

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 recessed



1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.



1530s, "act of receding," from Latin recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, past participle of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1610s; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620s, probably from parliamentary notion of "recessing" into private chambers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recessed in Medicine


[rēsĕs′, rĭ-sĕs]


A small hollow or an indented area.
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