WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•cess /rɪˈsɛs, ˈrisɛs/USA pronunciation n. [countable] a temporary withdrawal from or stopping of the usual work or activity;
a break.
a period of such withdrawal:a five-minute recess. a part built back or in from the rest, as an alcove in a room. recesses, [plural] a hidden or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.
v.  [+ object] to place or set in a recess. to suspend or leave for later for a recess: [+ object]to recess the Senate.[no object]The meeting recessed for lunch.See -cess-.

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recess n /rɪˈsɛs; ˈriːsɛs/
  1. a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
  2. (often plural) a secluded or secret place: recesses of the mind
  3. a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
  4. a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
  5. US Canadian a break between classes at a school
vb /rɪˈsɛs/
  1. (transitive) to place or set (something) in a recess
  2. (transitive) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede

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