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recessnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈses/ /ˈriː-/
  • recess noun (SPACE)

[C] a ​smallarea 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 ​holdbookshelves. [C usually plural] a ​secret or ​hiddenplace: Psychoanalysts ​aim to ​explore the deepest/​innermost recesses of the ​mind.
(Definition of recess from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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recessnoun

 us   /ˈri·ses, rɪˈses/
  • recess noun (PAUSE)

[C] a ​period of ​time in which an ​organizedactivity such as ​study or ​work is ​temporarilystopped: Congressreturns from ​itsAugust recess next ​week. After ​lunch, the ​kids have recess.
  • recess noun (SECRET PLACE)

[C usually pl] a ​secret or ​hiddenplace: 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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