- 1[transitive, intransitive] recess (something) (North American English) 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 Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘withdrawal, departure’): from Latin recessus, from recedere
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//