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School ContextPlay
Primarily used to describe short breaks for students between classes or study periods. SlideAfter third period, we have a twenty-minute recess.
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Work IntervalsPlay
Adults also call short breaks 'recess' but it's more common in formal or organized environments. SlideThe committee will take a recess before voting.
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Temporary PausePlay
Implies a temporary stop before activities resume, often used with 'take a' as in 'take a recess'. SlideLet's take a recess and come back to this problem later.