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recess

noun uk   /rɪˈses/ /ˈriː-/ us  

recess noun (PAUSE)

[C or U] a period of time in the year when the members of a parliament are not meeting [U] US in school, a period of time between classes when children do not study

recess noun (SPACE)

[C] a small area in a room that is formed by one part of a wall being set back further than other parts: The room has a recess designed to hold bookshelves. [C usually plural] a secret or hidden place: Psychoanalysts aim to explore the deepest/innermost recesses of the mind.
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