[ rek-ree-eyt ]
/ ˈrɛk riˌeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. recovery room,
  2. recovery stock,
  3. recpt,
  4. recreant,
  5. recreantly,
  6. recreation,
  7. recreation ground,
  8. recreation room,
  9. recreational,
  10. recreational drug

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

British Dictionary definitions for recreatively


/ (ˈrɛkrɪˌeɪt) /


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

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Word Origin and History for recreatively



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

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