relaxation

noun
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.

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And, since rest and relaxation are top priorities for a babymoon, perhaps a visit to the spa was in order. Vogue, "Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sneak Away on a Luxurious Babymoon?," 5 Apr. 2019 Nothing signals calm and relaxation more than candles. 2. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "Snowbound? It’s a great time to get hygge," 11 Feb. 2019 Further relaxation is aided by the fact that there are only 34 suites and no children allowed, so guests can quietly enjoy other inclusions like yoga classes, afternoon tea service, and champagne breakfasts every morning. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Create a relaxation area in your home specifically dedicated as a place to recharge. 3. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "Snowbound? It’s a great time to get hygge," 11 Feb. 2019 Regularly using relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga may help keep belly fat at bay. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 Not even the bathrooms are similar in this hotel, with each giving Woodstock goers a different taste of relaxation. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The Hidden Details In This Hotel Will Make You Never Want To Leave," 5 Nov. 2018 Per Meghan's Mirror, the Duchess opted for a stunning polka-dot dress by & Other Stories for her day of relaxation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore an Affordable Polka Dot Dress for Her Pamper Day, But It's Already Sold Out," 22 Oct. 2018 Previous studies have shown that treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, relaxation techniques and biofeedback may reduce migraine symptoms by 50 percent or more, Minen and her team said. Healthday, chicagotribune.com, "Non-drug migraine treatments often ignored," 8 June 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 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.

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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