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

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 Taylor’s presence seemed to authorize a slight relaxation of intonation across the ensemble — here a slight strain between the two violins, there a measure of scruff to the French horn. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The ministry called for a relaxation of mobility restrictions for logistics workers at checkpoints at other locations along the roads during the outbreak, as trucking services have been battered by road closures and cumbersome Covid requirements., 20 Apr. 2022 California is no longer recommending a five-day quarantine period for people who are exposed to the coronavirus but remain asymptomatic, a move that could potentially result in a relaxation of similar rules in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 In Shanghai, where some residents have been under lockdown for weeks, city officials on Monday announced a tentative relaxation of some measures for residents in areas deemed low risk. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 And while norovirus is not spread by respiratory droplets, the increase in cases could reflect a relaxation of infection control in general. NBC News, 1 Apr. 2022 The Indian Medical Association, a voluntary body of doctors in India, has written to prime minister Narendra Modi to allow a one-time relaxation of such rules. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2022 The approach and timeline for a relaxation of Covid-19 controls aren’t fixed and could change depending on future developments, such as the emergence of a new variant of the virus, the people say. Sha Hua And Keith Zhai, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 The decision — which has been heavily criticized by the scientific community — was announced on Monday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of a complete relaxation of all COVID restrictions in place. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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More Definitions for relaxation


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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