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recessnoun

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)







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recessnoun

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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