Meaning of “recess” in the English Dictionary

"recess" in British English

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uk /rɪˈses/ /ˈriː.ses/ us /rɪˈses/ /ˈriː.ses/

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.

(Definition of “recess” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recess" in American English

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us /ˈri·ses, rɪˈses/

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)