- 1 [countable, uncountable] a period of time during the year when a group of people who make laws, the members of a committee, etc. do not meet Congress went into its summer recess. The court is in recess until October.
- 2[countable] a short break in a trial in court The judge called a short recess.
- 3 [uncountable] a period of time between classes at school when children can play
- 4[countable] a part of a wall that is set further back than the rest of the wall, forming a space synonym alcove a recess for books
- 5[countable, usually plural] the part of a place that is furthest from the light and hard to see or get to He stared into the dark recesses of the room. (figurative) The doubt was still there, in the deep recesses of her mind.