from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of withdrawing or going back.
- n. An extended decline in general business activity, typically two consecutive quarters of falling real gross national product.
- n. The withdrawal in a line or file of participants in a ceremony, especially clerics and choir members after a church service.
- n. Law The act of restoring possession to a former owner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or an instance of receding
- n. A period of reduced economic activity
- n. The ceremonial filing out of clergy and/or choir at the end of a church service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of receding or withdrawing, as from a place, a claim, or a demand.
- n. A period during which economic activity, as measured by gross domestic product, declines for at least two quarters in a row in a specific country. If the decline is severe and long, such as greater than ten percent, it may be termed a
- n. A procession in which people leave a ceremony, such as at a religious service.
- n. The act of ceding back; restoration; repeated cession.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of receding or going back; withdrawal; retirement, as from a position reached or from a demand made.
- n. The state of being put back; a position relatively withdrawn.
- n. A cession or granting back; retrocession: as, the recession of conquered territory to its former sovereign.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
- n. the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year
- n. a small concavity
- n. the act of becoming more distant
- n. the act of ceding back
Latin recessiō, recessiōn-, from recessus, past participle of recēdere, to recede; see recede1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1929, from recess + -ion, from Latin recessus ("a going back, retreat"), from recessum, the past participle of recedere ("to recede"), from re- ("back") + cedere ("to go") (Wiktionary)