how to pronounce recess


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recess is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of recess in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… of metal with a recess for forging the …”

meanings of recess


  1. A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
  2. A time of play during the school day, usually on a playground; (Britain) break, playtime.
  3. An inset, hole, space or opening.
  4. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat.
  5. The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
  6. A break, pause or vacation.
  7. A secret or abstruse part.
  8. A sinus.
  9. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.


  1. To appoint, with a recess appointment.
  2. To take or declare a break.
  3. To make a recess in.
  4. To inset into something, or to recede.


  1. Remote, distant (in time or place).

recess frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word recess occurs in english on average 2.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics recess can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that recess can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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