relaxation

noun
re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, 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.

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His comments signal a climbdown for China after widespread criticism from the United Nations and environmental groups, which fear that a relaxation of the ban would be harmful to rhinoceros and tiger populations in the wild. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018 After all, one person’s chore is another person’s relaxation. Debbie Carlson, The Seattle Times, "5 end-of-summer chores: When to DIY, when to hire someone," 13 Sep. 2018 Let your meat rest on a cutting board after it's been cooked, and while that’s having its relaxation moment, chop up your veggies. Emily Schultz, Bon Appetit, "This Cold Noodle Situation Is the Only Pasta Salad Any Picnic Actually Wants," 18 June 2018 Trump, meanwhile, said ‘‘a little relaxation and a lot of work’’ are on his weekend agenda. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "First lady stays behind on Trump’s Camp David weekend," 1 June 2018 There’s a growing push to see consciously chosen simple pleasures — relaxation, self-care and communal care, and softness — as valid and important lifestyle choices. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Communal spaces include a fully-stocked lounge and library that provide a variety of environments and experiences, including relaxation, a notion borrowed from the dot-com world, without being slouchy or juvenile. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "New Corporate-Office Design: No Ping-Pong, But Not Uptight," 31 Aug. 2018 For fun and relaxation, there’s a dart board and beer fridge. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018 The relaxation of once-authoritarian control has been accompanied by an explosion of ethnic tension across this diverse country. Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia’s ethnic divides rock capital," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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relaxation

noun

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.

relaxation

noun
re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən \

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.

relaxation

noun
re·​lax·​a·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, ri-ˌlak-, esp 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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