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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The rest of the day is free for poolside relaxation or optional excursions in the clouds, including zip-lining, hiking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, or a walk through the forest canopy across hanging bridges. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast," 12 June 2019 Petting animals has also being shown to produce feelings of relaxation. Rita Giordano, https://www.inquirer.com, "Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program," 5 June 2019 After loading up on sunscreen and grabbing a beach towel, make your way to the beach for a day of relaxation. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 With arousal comes not just relaxation but also a higher tolerance for things that might disgust you otherwise. Amanda Chatel, Glamour, "5 Tips I Wish I'd Known About How to Prepare for Anal Sex," 18 May 2019 Quick Facials are the Sturm Glow to go in 15-20 minutes, either before an event, after traveling, or just for relaxation to tune up and to love your skin! April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019 Essentially, this is my dream prescription for relaxation. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Add a few drops to your essential oil diffuser to make the whole house smell like Christmas, or apply topically to your temples, neck, and behind your ears for instant relaxation. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 And beyond seeking ways on how to maintain order in their home, pinners have expressed interest in carving out areas for relaxation. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Pinterest's New Report Reveals Home Organization Trends for Fall," 30 Aug. 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-, 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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