Is there a verb that specifically means enjoy some recreation?

I heard today (TV reference) a boss tell an employ to take a vacation, to "relax and recreate" (pronounced as the beginning of recreation).

I've never heard this used before, and never really considered it a word.

A couple online searches have yielded what I expected - recreate only as meaning "to create again", or "to re-enact".

If this is not actually a word in this sense, is there a single verb meaning to enjoy/experience recreation?

  • I have used recreate in that sense, though there was context that indicated the meaning. I think it is a reasonable construction. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:08

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Recreate can mean take recreation as listed in Merriam-Webster. You can also consider using refresh, rejuvenate, revitalize or recharge (your batteries) for example.


Although we don't often use the word in an adult context, the verb play may be appropriate. Its definition according to Wiktionary:

To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation.

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