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

     

    recess

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈses//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recess
    BrE BrE//rɪˈses//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈses//
     
    he / she / it recesses
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsesɪz//
     
    past simple recessed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsest//
     
    past participle recessed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsest//
     
    -ing form recessing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsesɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] recess (something) (North American English) to take or to order a recess The hearing was recessed for the weekend.
  2. 2[transitive] recess something (in/into something) to put something in a position that is set back into a wall, etc. The lights should be recessed into the ceiling. recessed shelves
  3. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recess

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