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rec·re·ate 1

v. rec·re·at·ed, rec·re·at·ing, rec·re·ates
v. tr.
To impart fresh life to; refresh mentally or physically.
v. intr.
To take recreation.

[Middle English recreaten, from Latin recreāre, recreāt- : re-, re- + creāre, to create; see create.]

rec′re·a′tive adj.

re·cre·ate 2

also re-create (rē′krē-āt′)
tr.v. re·cre·at·ed, re·cre·at·ing, re·cre·ates also re-cre·at·ed, re-cre·at·ing, re-cre·ates
To create (something) again; duplicate; replicate.
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rare to amuse (oneself or someone else)
[C15: from Latin recreāre to invigorate, renew, from re- + creāre to create]
ˈrecreative adj
ˈrecreatively adv
ˈrecreˌator n
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(ˌri kriˈeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to create anew.


(ˈrɛk riˌeɪt)
v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to refresh through recreation.
2. to take recreation.
rec′re•a`tive, adj.
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Past participle: recreated
Gerund: recreating

I recreate
you recreate
he/she/it recreates
we recreate
you recreate
they recreate
I recreated
you recreated
he/she/it recreated
we recreated
you recreated
they recreated
Present Continuous
I am recreating
you are recreating
he/she/it is recreating
we are recreating
you are recreating
they are recreating
Present Perfect
I have recreated
you have recreated
he/she/it has recreated
we have recreated
you have recreated
they have recreated
Past Continuous
I was recreating
you were recreating
he/she/it was recreating
we were recreating
you were recreating
they were recreating
Past Perfect
I had recreated
you had recreated
he/she/it had recreated
we had recreated
you had recreated
they had recreated
I will recreate
you will recreate
he/she/it will recreate
we will recreate
you will recreate
they will recreate
Future Perfect
I will have recreated
you will have recreated
he/she/it will have recreated
we will have recreated
you will have recreated
they will have recreated
Future Continuous
I will be recreating
you will be recreating
he/she/it will be recreating
we will be recreating
you will be recreating
they will be recreating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been recreating
you have been recreating
he/she/it has been recreating
we have been recreating
you have been recreating
they have been recreating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been recreating
you will have been recreating
he/she/it will have been recreating
we will have been recreating
you will have been recreating
they will have been recreating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been recreating
you had been recreating
he/she/it had been recreating
we had been recreating
you had been recreating
they had been recreating
I would recreate
you would recreate
he/she/it would recreate
we would recreate
you would recreate
they would recreate
Past Conditional
I would have recreated
you would have recreated
he/she/it would have recreated
we would have recreated
you would have recreated
they would have recreated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recreate - give new life or energy torecreate - give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
energize, perk up, energise, stimulate, arouse, brace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
resuscitate, come to, revive - return to consciousness; "The patient came to quickly"; "She revived after the doctor gave her an injection"
2.recreate - engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike"
play - be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
3.recreate - give encouragement to
buck up, take heart - gain courage
encourage - inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
4.recreate - create anew; "she recreated the feeling of the 1920's with her stage setting"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
reinvent - create anew and make over; "He reinvented African music for American listeners"
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1. To occupy in an agreeable or pleasing way:
2. To occupy oneself with amusement or diversion:
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[ˌriːkriˈeɪt] vtrecréer
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vt (= reproduce) atmospherewieder schaffen; scenenachschaffen; love, friendship etcwieder beleben
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[ˌriːkrɪˈeɪt] vtricreare
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References in classic literature ?
When Brahma, or the God of Gods, saith the Shaster, resolved to recreate the world after one of its periodical dissolutions, he gave birth to Vishnoo, to preside over the work; but the Vedas, or mystical books, whose perusal would seem to have been indispensable to Vishnoo before beginning the creation, and which therefore must have contained something in the shape of practical hints to young architects, these Vedas were lying at the bottom of the waters; so Vishnoo became incarnate in a whale, and sounding down in him to the uttermost depths, rescued the sacred volumes.
Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths!
The creative spirit in him flamed up at the thought and urged that he recreate this beauty for a wider audience than Ruth.
The farmer can work alone in the field or the woods all day, hoeing or chopping, and not feel lonesome, because he is employed; but when he comes home at night he cannot sit down in a room alone, at the mercy of his thoughts, but must be where he can "see the folks," and recreate, and, as he thinks, remunerate himself for his day's solitude; and hence he wonders how the student can sit alone in the house all night and most of the day without ennui and "the blues"; but he does not realize that the student, though in the house, is still at work in his field, and chopping in his woods, as the farmer in his, and in turn seeks the same recreation and society that the latter does, though it may be a more condensed form of it.
It was one of the many causes for personal pride with which old Osborne chose to recreate himself that Sedley, his ancient rival, enemy, and benefactor, was in his last days so utterly defeated and humiliated as to be forced to accept pecuniary obligations at the hands of the man who had most injured and insulted him.
I can now recreate life in a way that was hidden from me before.
Here his purpose is to embody his conception of the heroic historical ballads which must have been current among the early Romans as among the medieval English--to recreate these ballads for modern readers.
The only waking moments at which he appeared to relax from his cares, and to recreate himself by going anywhere or saying anything without a pervading object, were when he showed a dawning interest in the lame foreigner with the stick, down Bleeding Heart Yard.
We do not believe there is any force in to-day to rival or recreate that beautiful yesterday.
There is a keen enjoyment in a mere animal existence." They who have been traveling long on the steppes of Tartary say, "On re-entering cultivated lands, the agitation, perplexity, and turmoil of civilization oppressed and suffocated us; the air seemed to fail us, and we felt every moment as if about to die of asphyxia." When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest woods the thickest and most interminable and, to the citizen, most dismal, swamp.
He requested to be shown immediately into the king's presence; and Pluto, who heard his voice from the top of the stairs, and who loved to recreate himself with Quicksilver's merry talk, called out to him to come up.
Ms Fleming called Hilda a "fascinating character to recreate".