Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To impart fresh life to; refresh mentally or physically.
  • intransitive verb To take recreation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To create anew: often written distinctively re-create.
  • To revive or refresh after toil or exertion; reanimate, as languid spirits or exhausted strength; amuse; divert; gratify.
  • Synonyms To reanimate, enliven, cheer, entertain.
  • To take recreation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To give fresh life to; to reanimate; to revive; especially, to refresh after wearying toil or anxiety; to relieve; to cheer; to divert; to amuse; to gratify.
  • intransitive verb To take recreation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To create anew.
  • verb transitive To give new life, energy or encouragement (to); to refresh, enliven.
  • verb reflexive To enjoy or entertain oneself.
  • verb intransitive To take recreation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
  • verb give encouragement to
  • verb give new life or energy to
  • verb create anew

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English recreaten, from Latin recreāre, recreāt- : re-, re- + creāre, to create; see create.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From re- + create.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the participle stem of Latin recreare ‘restore’, from re- ‘re-’ + creare ‘create’.

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