from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cession or granting back; retrocession: as, the recession of conquered territory to its former sovereign.
  • noun The act of receding or going back; withdrawal; retirement, as from a position reached or from a demand made.
  • noun The state of being put back; a position relatively withdrawn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of receding or withdrawing, as from a place, a claim, or a demand.
  • noun (Economics) A period during which economic activity, as measured by gross domestic product, declines for at least two quarters in a row in a specific country. If the decline is severe and long, such as greater than ten percent, it may be termed a depression.
  • noun A procession in which people leave a ceremony, such as at a religious service.
  • noun The act of ceding back; restoration; repeated cession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or an instance of receding
  • noun A period of reduced economic activity
  • noun The ceremonial filing out of clergy and/or choir at the end of a church service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
  • noun the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year
  • noun a small concavity
  • noun the act of becoming more distant
  • noun the act of ceding back


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since 1929, from recess + -ion, from Latin recessus ("a going back, retreat"), from recessum, the past participle of recedere ("to recede"), from re- ("back") + cedere ("to go")


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