recreate

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin recreare (to restore), from re- (re-) + creare (to create).

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recreate (third-person singular simple present recreates, present participle recreating, simple past and past participle recreated)

  1. (transitive) To give new life, energy or encouragement (to); to refresh, enliven.
    • Dryden
      Painters, when they work on white grounds, place before them colours mixed with blue and green, to recreate their eyes, white wearying [] the sight more than any.
    • Dr H. More
      These ripe fruits recreate the nostrils with their aromatic scent.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , II.5.1.v:
      Odoraments to smell to, of rose-water, violet flowers, balm, rose-cakes, vinegar, etc., do much recreate the brains and spirits []
  2. (reflexive) To enjoy or entertain oneself.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , II.ii.3:
      In Italy, though they bide in cities in winter, which is more gentlemanlike, all the summer they come abroad to their country-houses, to recreate themselves.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      St. John, who recreated himself with sporting with a tame partridge
  3. (intransitive) To take recreation.
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Etymology 2[edit]

re- +‎ create

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  • IPA(key): /ɹiːkɹɪˈeɪt/

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recreate (third-person singular simple present recreates, present participle recreating, simple past and past participle recreated)

  1. To create anew.
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recreāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of recreō