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English definition of “recess”

recess

noun  /ˈri·ses, rɪˈses/ us  

recess noun (PAUSE)

[C] a period of time in which an organized activity such as study or work is temporarily stopped: Congress returns from its August recess next week. After lunch, the kids have recess.

recess noun (SECRET PLACE)

[C usually pl] a secret or hidden place: He pointed his flashlight into the dark recesses of the cave. [C usually pl] A recess is also an alcove.
(Definition of recess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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