recreation

[ rek-ree-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛk riˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.
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 forms

rec·re·a·to·ry [rek-ree-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛk ri əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recreatory

recreation

/ (ˌrɛkrɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun

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