verb (used with object), rec·re·at·ed, rec·re·at·ing.

to refresh by means of relaxation and enjoyment, as restore physically or mentally.

verb (used without object), rec·re·at·ed, rec·re·at·ing.

to take recreation.

Origin of recreate

1425–75; late Middle English recreaten < Latin recreātus (past participle of recreāre to create again, revive), equivalent to re- re- + creātus; see create
Related formsrec·re·a·tive, adjectiverec·re·a·tive·ly, adverbrec·re·a·tive·ness, nounrec·re·a·tor, noun
Can be confusedre-create recreate



verb (used with object), re-cre·at·ed, re-cre·at·ing.

to create anew.

Origin of re-create

First recorded in 1580–90; re- + create
Related formsre-cre·at·a·ble, adjectivere-cre·a·tive, adjectivere-cre·a·tor, noun
Can be confusedre-create recreate

Synonyms for re-create Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recreate

Contemporary Examples of recreate

Historical Examples of recreate

  • After that, I hope to be able to recreate my creative faculty.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • We do not believe there is any force in to-day to rival or recreate that beautiful yesterday.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Through me, through me flow the streams of grace to recreate and rekindle.

  • To ride well is to recreate the fabulous centaur of Thessaly.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • He had scarcely known what play was, and he did not know how to recreate himself.

British Dictionary definitions for recreate



rare to amuse (oneself or someone else)
Derived Formsrecreative, adjectiverecreatively, adverbrecreator, noun

Word Origin for recreate

C15: from Latin recreāre to invigorate, renew, from re- + creāre to create



to create anew; reproduce
Derived Formsre-creator, noun
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Word Origin and History for recreate

also re-create, "to create anew," 1580s, from re- "back, again" + create. Related: Recreated; recreating; recreation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper