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 Cannabis is considered a mind enhancing substance, which could help seniors develop their creativity, improve social skills, and promote their relaxation. Maria Loreto,, "6 Ways Cannabis Can Improve The Life Of Seniors," 4 Oct. 2019 These include cinchona bark (helps with digestion), chamomile (helps with relaxation), cinnamon (antioxidant, aphrodisiac), linden (more of the latter), iris (antiseptic), and saffron (energy and mood boost). Washington Post, "With dessert wine, turn the end of your meal into a grand finale," 13 Dec. 2019 In it she and Mr. Claus head to a warmer climate along with some other seasonal favorites for a little rest and relaxation. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Katy Perry chills with Santa in 'Cozy Little Christmas' video," 3 Dec. 2019 And, by the way, used at many cancer-therapy clinics across the world as an aid to relaxation. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Deepak Chopra Has Never Been Sick," 17 Oct. 2019 Naturally, Kardashian kicked off the series by giving everyone a peek into her personal relaxation routine. Braelyn Wood,, "Kourtney Kardashian Swears by the $10 Aztec Clay Mask in Her Skincare Routine," 25 Sep. 2019 After that opening act, though, the rest of our weekend smoothed into pure relaxation. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Napa Valley weekend: Calistoga wining, dining and spas," 29 June 2019 As for the Worker B spa, the 2,500-square-foot space will be focused on relaxation, but also on wellness. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller to house Rose Street Patisserie cafe, Worker B spa," 24 June 2019 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to the relaxation in military posture during their summit meeting in Pyongyang in September. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Two Miles from North Korea, Islanders Brace for an Uneasy Peace," 3 Nov. 2018

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Relaxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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