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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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 The luxury of hiring a night nurse, an au pair, a trainer, and housekeeper means a woman gets proper rest and relaxation, giving her the opportunity to concentrate on herself while her newborn is well cared for., "New Moms & Night Nurses: Why Is No One Talking About The Privilege Seen In Tully?," 9 May 2018 Designed for an artist, the atrium-like residence offers ample space for work, the display of objects, and, of course, rest and relaxation, while full-height windows frame water and lush woodland views. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Modern cabin made from reclaimed materials frames lush forest views," 15 Mar. 2018 Summer just isn’t complete without a few long weekends to throw your worries out the window and revel in complete relaxation. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago staycation guide: 5 summer getaways to go on without leaving the city," 27 July 2017 The strain and relaxation move through the crystal as a wave. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018 Doctors discouraged the Lamaze method of childbirth, which focuses on breathing and relaxation techniques, and instead favored anesthesia during labor and delivery. Gabriel Winant, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement," 23 May 2018 Deciding to continue the adventure in Louisville, the Tolans embarked on a near complete renovation of the entire space to turn their family home into a relaxation haven. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Traveling couple remodels Louisville ranch home with art and memories," 17 May 2018 Amanyara’s spa encompasses four treatment pavilions situated around a tranquil pond and a relaxation pool. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Inside Amanyara, a Peaceful Sanctuary in Turks and Caicos," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 \

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-, 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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