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recess

re·cess

recess

 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ri ses
definition 1: a limited break in ongoing activity, such as courtroom proceedings or school classes.
synonyms:
break, intermission
similar words:
vacation
definition 2: an inward section in an edge or surface; hollow; alcove.
synonyms:
alcove, indentation
similar words:
bay, hollow, niche
definition 3: (pl.) hidden places.
the recesses of her mind
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: rih ses
inflections: recessed, recesses, recessing
definition: to set back in a recess.
They recess the control panel so it won't get bumped.
similar words:
hide, niche, offset
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: rih ses
definition: to suspend ongoing proceedings for a limited period of time; take a recess.
synonyms:
adjourn, suspend
similar words:
intermit, interrupt, pause, prorogue, rest
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