What Does Rec Mean?

Rec means "Recommendation" and "Recreation." Here is some more information on each of these definitions of Rec.


As the practice of giving and seeking recommendations for everything from restaurants and books to doctors and schools has become increasingly common on social media and in general chat, the terms "rec" and "recs" have become more-and-more popular with the meanings "recommendation" and "recommendations." For example:
  • Can you rec a good tailor in town?
  • The weather's going to be terrible this weekend. Any recs for a series to binge?


The term "rec" can also mean "recreation." In this context, "rec" is used to refer to activities that individuals or groups participate in for enjoyment, amusement, or relaxation. In this sense, "rec" is often part of broader terms like "rec room," "recreation ground," or "rec center," when referring to facilities designed specifically for leisure activities ranging from sports to crafts.For example:
  • Are you coming to the rec to play soccer?
  • We are meeting in the rec room at 3 pm.

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When I write Rec, I mean this:

meaning of Rec Rec usually means "recommendation" or "recreation."

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Recommendation" is the most common definition for Rec on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Recreation" is another common definition for Rec.
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

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