recreation

[rek-ree-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.
  2. a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.

Origin of recreation

1350–1400; Middle English recreacioun (< Middle French recreation) < Latin recreātiōn- (stem of recreātiō) restoration, recovery, equivalent to recreāt(us) (see recreate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsrec·re·a·to·ry [rek-ree-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛk ri əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective

re-creation

[ree-kree-ey-shuh n]
noun
  1. the act of creating anew.
  2. something created anew.

Origin of re-creation

First recorded in 1515–25; re- + creation
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Historical Examples of recreation

  • Hubert, quite excited by this day of recreation and of fete, was the only one who had anything to say.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Always work had stolen from him these treasures—dreams, recreation and knowledge.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • We then went to the chapel, where a short Mass was celebrated, after which we had an hour's recreation.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Greenwich was the place fixed on for the dinner, and we prepared for the day of recreation.

  • Recreation: Telling young men how to scorn the root of all fortunes.


British Dictionary definitions for recreation

recreation

noun
  1. refreshment of health or spirits by relaxation and enjoyment
  2. an activity or pastime that promotes this
    1. an interval of free time between school lessons
    2. (as modifier)recreation period

re-creation

noun
  1. the state or instance of creating again or anewthe re-creation of the Russian Empire
  2. a simulation or re-enactment of a scene, place, time, etca re-creation of a vineyard kitchen
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Word Origin and History for recreation
n.

late 14c., "refreshment or curing of a person, refreshment by eating," from Old French recreacion (13c.), from Latin recreationem (nominative recreatio) "recovery from illness," noun of action from past participle stem of recreare "to refresh, restore, make anew, revive, invigorate," from re- "again" (see re-) + creare (see create). Meaning "refresh oneself by some amusement" is first recorded c.1400.

A verb recreate "to refresh by physical influence after exertion" is attested from early 15c. and was used by Lyly, Pope, Steele, and Harriet Martineau, but it did not take, probably to avoid confusion with recreate.

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