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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Synonyms & Antonyms for relaxation


ease, leisure, repose, rest


exertion, labor, toil, work

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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 evening consists of supper, homework and a little rest and relaxation before bedtime. Heather Rule,, "Park Ridge's Michael OBroin programmed for success in cross country, classroom," 16 Apr. 2018 Whether one is seeking adventure or relaxation, there’s no better place to enjoy the wilds South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Smithsonian, "Discover Palmetto Bluff’s great outdoors," 1 Apr. 2018 For the last 15 years, a studio apartment in uptown Manhattan has been a go-to destination for women who are looking for a little one-on-one … relaxation. Alexa Tsoulis-reay, The Cut, "What It’s Like to Visit ‘Dr. M,’ New York’s Erotic Masseur for Women," 29 Mar. 2018 Jennifer Curry, of Bel Air, brought her daughters, Cara, 18, Taylor, 15, and Allyson, 13, and their friend, Amelia Derickson, 12, of Pennsylvania, to the creek for some relaxation. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford opens cooling centers at libraries; pools, creeks top places to beat the searing heat," 2 July 2018 For those in a last-minute search for American-style relaxation and fun in the sun, don’t think trendy. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 Twice a month, Alzheimer’s San Diego offers a free class that uses music for relaxation, memory exercises, self-expression, socialization and entertainment. Pam Kragen,, "Cultural activities abound for seniors with dementia," 24 Apr. 2018 The Tallman’s wraparound porch has rockers for more rhythmic relaxation. Ginny Prior, San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Revived hotel blends Old West and casual elegance," 4 Apr. 2018 On Friday evening, Trump and the First Lady whisk up to Scotland for a weekend of golf and relaxation — and more protests outside his resort. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Keep your heads down, U.S. embassy warns Americans ahead of London Trump visit," 11 July 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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