re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce relaxation (audio) , ri-ˌlak-, especially British ˌre-lək- \

Definition of relaxation

1 : the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
2 : a relaxing or recreative state, activity, or pastime : diversion
3 : the lengthening that characterizes inactive muscle fibers or muscles

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Examples of relaxation in a Sentence

I like to play the guitar for relaxation. What I need is some rest and relaxation.
Recent Examples on the Web The Premium models get brass chrome trim, smart power sliding doors, relaxation seats on the seven-seat model, interior ambient lighting, and a Bose sound system. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Reveals More Specs on the Spacey New Staria Van," 13 Apr. 2021 Or, as an exercise in true relaxation, just lay back and relax under a shady palapa and sip on a cocktail from the beach bar. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to St. Lucia," 8 Apr. 2021 The benefits are thought to arise from the combination of movement, breathing and relaxation. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, "6 Alternatives To Reset Your Mind, Body And Career After Pandemic Inactivity," 6 Apr. 2021 The herb chamomile is added to help promote sleep and relaxation. Ana Sanchez,, "The best baby probiotic," 5 Apr. 2021 Stress relief comes to you in the moments of true relaxation. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Capricorn Tarot Horoscopes: April 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 This time, Britain’s latest reopening is unfolding in steps — the first of which was a return to schools — followed by several weeks to measure the impact of each relaxation on the spread of the virus. New York Times, "Cautiously, U.K. Begins Relaxing Strict Lockdown Rules," 29 Mar. 2021 Hiring is expected to improve with a strengthening economy and relaxation of COVID-19 health restrictions. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Looking for a job? Employers, from casinos to booksellers, ramp up with hiring events," 27 Mar. 2021 Most Canadians have been following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s instructions not to travel and therefore have had to forego their usual trips down south for a little sun and relaxation during the long, cold drag of winter. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "All the gear you need for a great outdoor staycation," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of relaxation was in 1548

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16 Apr 2021

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“Relaxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relaxation

: a way to rest and enjoy yourself
: time that you spend resting and enjoying yourself
: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.


re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce relaxation (audio) \

Kids Definition of relaxation

1 : the act or fact of being or becoming rested, calm, or less tense or severe relaxation of rules a vacation of fun and relaxation
2 : a way of becoming rested or calm and free from stress I listen to music for relaxation.


re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, ri-ˌlak-, especially British ˌrel-ək- \

Medical Definition of relaxation

1 : the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed maximal abdominal relaxation was not evident until at least five minutes after the injectionLancet
2 : the reduction of contractile force in a muscle or muscle fiber especially : the lengthening that typically characterizes inactive muscles or muscle fibers

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