Definition of recess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    recess

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    BrE BrE//rɪˈses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈses//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈriːses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːses//
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a period of time during the year when the members of a parliament, committee, etc. do not meet Parliament went into its long summer recess. The court is in recess until October.
  2. 2[countable] a short break in a trial in court The judge called a short recess.
  3. 3(North American English) (British English break, break time) [uncountable] a period of time between lessons at school See related entries: School life
  4. 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. 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.
  6. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘withdrawal, departure’): from Latin recessus, from recedere ‘go back’, from re- ‘back’ + cedere ‘go’. The verb dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples Congress returns from its August recess Tuesday. He searched the innermost recesses of his soul. He wouldn’t play with me at recess. I believe kids need more recess time. I had continually pushed my doubts to the darker recesses of my mind. Parliament is due to rise for the summer recess on July 20. Parliament is taking the Christmas recess a little early this year. The Florida court stands in recess. The Senate will go into recess after Thanksgiving. The bill has to be passed before the holiday recess. The court will take a brief recess while the witness composes herself. The decision cannot be made while the council is in recess. The statue was in the inner recesses of the temple. There are small recesses in the wall beside the door. blinds fitted inside a window recess fears lurking deep in the recesses of our minds to fit a blind inside a window recess Congress has reconvened from its recess. It is expected to become law before the summer recess. One or two unofficial meetings were held during the recess. The peace talks resumed after a month-long recess. The report was published while Congress was in recess. Tomorrow MPs break for the Christmas recess.
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