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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take recreation.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To create anew: often written distinctively re-create.

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

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


Middle English recreaten, from Latin recreāre, recreāt- : re-, re- + creāre, to create; see create.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin recreare ‘restore’, from re- ‘re-’ + creare ‘create’. (Wiktionary)
From re- + create. (Wiktionary)



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