To recreate means to give new life to something, to redo, or remake it. Say you become a billionaire and you grow tired of your mansion, try recreating your childhood home on your estate, so you can retire modestly.

To recreate literally means to create over. If the mural you painted on the outside of your home was damaged in a flood, you might want to recreate it with waterproof paint. Recreate can also mean reimagine. If you become the principal of your old high school, you could throw out the old subjects and recreate high school education as everlasting game day. Recreate can also mean to play — it gives us the word recreation.

Definitions of recreate
  1. verb
    create anew
    “she recreated the feeling of the 1920's with her stage setting”
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    create anew and make over
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  2. verb
    give new life or energy to
    synonyms: animate, quicken, reanimate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify
    come to, resuscitate, revive
    return to consciousness
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    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
    cause to be alert and energetic
  3. verb
    give encouragement to
    synonyms: buoy, cheer, embolden, hearten
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    dishearten, put off
    take away the enthusiasm of
    buck up, take heart
    gain courage
    type of:
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  4. verb
    engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
    “The students all recreate alike”
    synonyms: play
    be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
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