AskDefine | Define recreate

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1 give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health" [syn: animate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify]
2 engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike" [syn: play]
3 give encouragement to [syn: cheer, hearten, embolden] [ant: dishearten]
4 create anew; "she recreated the feeling of the 1920's with her stage setting"re-create


1 create anew; "Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"
2 make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt" [syn: copy]
3 form anew in the imagination; recollect and re-form in the mind; "His mind re-creates the entire world"

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Etymology 1

From the participle stem of Latin recreare ‘restore’, from re- ‘re-’ + creare ‘create’.




  1. To give new life, energy or encouragement (to); to refresh, enliven.
  2. To take recreation.
to give new energy
to take recreation; to play

Etymology 2

From re- + create.




  1. To create anew.
create anew
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