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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RECREATION

Hubert, quite excited by this day of recreation and of fete, was the only one who had anything to say.

Always work had stolen from him these treasures—dreams, recreation and knowledge.

We then went to the chapel, where a short Mass was celebrated, after which we had an hour's recreation.

Greenwich was the place fixed on for the dinner, and we prepared for the day of recreation.

Recreation: Filling his fountain pen or cleaning typewriter.

Recreation: Telling young men how to scorn the root of all fortunes.

Recreation: Killing giants, disguising himself as a swan, etc.

"These people seem to have no need of recreation," Benda said.

That is to say, writing was his vocation and his recreation as well.

It seemed as if the hour of evening recreation would never end.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "refreshment or curing of a person, refreshment by eating," from Old French recreacion (13c.), from Latin recreationem (nominative recreatio) "recovery from illness," noun of action from past participle stem of recreare "to refresh, restore, make anew, revive, invigorate," from re- "again" (see re-) + creare (see create). Meaning "refresh oneself by some amusement" is first recorded c.1400.

A verb recreate "to refresh by physical influence after exertion" is attested from early 15c. and was used by Lyly, Pope, Steele, and Harriet Martineau, but it did not take, probably to avoid confusion with recreate.

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