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NOUN (2)

1. an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates;
- Example: "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"
- Example: "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"
- Example: "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
[syn: diversion, recreation]

2. activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation;
- Example: "time for rest and refreshment by the pool"
- Example: "days of joyous recreation with his friends"
[syn: refreshment, recreation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Recreation \Rec"re*a"tion\ (-?"sh?n), n. [F. r['e]cr['e]ation, L. recreatio.] The act of recreating, or the state of being recreated; refreshment of the strength and spirits after toil; amusement; diversion; sport; pastime. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Re-creation \Re`-cre*a"tion\ (r?`kr?*?sh?n), n. [See Re-create.] A forming anew; a new creation or formation. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

recreation n 1: an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation" [syn: diversion, recreation] 2: activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation; "time for rest and refreshment by the pool"; "days of joyous recreation with his friends" [syn: refreshment, recreation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

47 Moby Thesaurus words for "recreation": amusement, bracer, bracing, cordial, disport, dissipation, distraction, diversion, divertisement, divertissement, ease, enjoyment, enlivenment, entertainment, exhilaration, frolic, fun, fun and games, hilarity, invigoration, jollity, mirth, passe-temps, pastime, pick-me-up, play, pleasure, reanimation, refection, refreshing, refreshment, regale, regalement, reinvigoration, relaxation, renewal, repose, revival, revivescence, revivescency, revivification, rollick, solace, sport, stimulation, tonic, vivification
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

RECREATION, n. A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue.