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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•cess /rɪˈsɛs, ˈrisɛs/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a temporary withdrawal from or stopping of the usual work or activity;
    a break.
  2. a period of such withdrawal:a five-minute recess.
  3. a part built back or in from the rest, as an alcove in a room.
  4. recesses, [plural] a hidden or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.

v. 
  1. [+ object] to place or set in a recess.
  2. to suspend or leave for later for a recess: [+ object]to recess the Senate.[no object]The meeting recessed for lunch.
See -cess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•cess  (ri ses, rēses), 
n. 
  1. temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
  2. a period of such withdrawal.
  3. a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
  4. an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
  5. recesses, a secluded or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.

v.t. 
  1. to place or set in a recess.
  2. to set or form as or like a recess; make a recess or recesses in:to recess a wall.
  3. to suspend or defer for a recess:to recess the Senate.

v.i. 
  1. to take a recess.
Etymology:
  • Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent. to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action, with dtss
  • 1510–20
1 . respite, rest, break, vacation.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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