Meaning of “recreation” in the English Dictionary

"recreation" in British English

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recreationnoun [ C or U ]

/ˌrek.riˈeɪ.ʃən/ /ˌrek.riˈeɪ.ʃən/

recreation noun [ C or U ] (ENJOYMENT)

B2 us /ˌrek.riˈeɪ.ʃən/ uk (a way of) enjoying yourself when you are not working:

His favourite recreations are golf and playing Scrabble.
Emma's only form of recreation seems to be shopping.

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adjective uk /ˌrek.riˈeɪ.ʃən.əl/ us /ˌrek.riˈeɪ.ʃən.əl/

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

"recreation" in American English

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recreationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌrek·riˈeɪ·ʃən/

something done for pleasure or to relax, or such activities generally:

[ C ] Sarah’s favorite recreation is shopping for antiques.
adjective us /ˌrek·riˈeɪ·ʃə·nəl/

Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, gym, and fully-equipped exercise center.

(Definition of “recreation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)