- 1 [transitive, intransitive] recess (something) to take or to order a recess The hearing was recessed for the weekend.
- 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
NAmE//ˈrisɛs//, NAmE//rɪˈsɛs//[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recess
he / she / it recesses
past simple recessed
-ing form recessing