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American English: /ˈriˌsɛs/
, /rə-ˈsɛs/
British English: /rɪˈsɛs/
, /ˈriːsɛs/

Translation of recess in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (of legislative body)
    suspensión (feminine) de actividades (Spain)
    the Senate is in recess until fall
    el Senado ha entrado en receso de verano or (Spain) ha suspendido sus actividades hasta el otoño
    the court is in recess until tomorrow
    el tribunal ha levantado la sesión or (in River Plate area also) ha pasado a cuarto intermedio hasta mañana
    Example sentences
    • It starts in August when Parliament, like football, is in recess, the law courts go to sleep and a lot of us are on holiday.
    • He has so far rejected demands for a recall of parliament, currently in recess.
    • After all, Congress has been in recess for over a month.
    1.2 (American English) (Sch)
    Example sentences
    • School classes break for outdoor recess every forty-five minutes.
    • In fact, I was pretty sure that the latest romances were the major topics of the staffroom at recesses and lunchtime breaks.
    • At recess one day her teacher taught the class how to play hopscotch on the cement basketball court outside.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (alcove) 2.2 (secluded place)
    lugar (masculine) escondido or oculto
    the recesses of the mind
    los recovecos de la mente
    in the inmost recesses of the soul/memory
    en los lugares más recónditos del alma/de la memoria
    Example sentences
    • There are all kinds of heroes, working silently in remote recesses of our country.
    • Many things have changed since then; sadly, the cultural shift has not penetrated into the darkest recesses of some areas of employment.
    • Some actors are born to play the hero and others exist to illuminate the darker recesses of the human soul.
    Example sentences
    • With its metal projections and angles, wooden recesses and thin walls it has a serendipitous quality.
    • The library has shelves built into the inner recesses of the walls to house the king's collection of books.
    • The bed mechanisms can also be built into recesses framed into a wall.

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    In some Andean countries, particularly Chile, onces is a light meal eaten between five and six p.m., the equivalent of "afternoon tea" in Britain. In Colombia, on the other hand, onces is a light snack eaten between breakfast and lunch. It is also known as mediasnueves.