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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For over thirty years, the Kallens enjoyed rest and relaxation at their vacation home in Townshend, Vermont, and on the nearby ski trails., "Polly Kallen," 18 Aug. 2019 Enjoy some rest and relaxation and get caught up with all your friends. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 17, 2019: Aries, not a good time for risky endeavors; Libra, don’t be mislead by wishful thinking," 17 Aug. 2019 When the 2018-19 season wraps up with the Tour Championship in Atlanta two weeks from now, expect many of the top players to carve out time for some good old rest and relaxation. Mitchell Gladstone,, "The Pros and Cons of the New PGA Tour Schedule," 7 Aug. 2019 Pfeffer, the organizational psychologist, highlighted the importance of rest and relaxation. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Most Amercans check in at work even while on vacation, LinkedIn survey shows," 10 July 2019 Now having a few days of rest and relaxation takes a lot more planning on my end. Glamour, "If You’re Going on a Beach Vacation, These Are the 6 Pieces You Should Bring," 19 Apr. 2019 In The Afternoon Get some R&R;: After an active day of hiking the Hollywood hills, return to the LINE hotel for some rest and relaxation. Eileen Reslen, ELLE Decor, "Staycation At The LINE Hotel In Los Angeles Without Venturing More Than 30 Minutes Away," 5 Jan. 2018 Seek relaxation and some distance from what could be an aggravating situation., "Horoscope," 24 Aug. 2019 That typified the relaxation and confidence of a Cubs team that had blown three ninth-inning leads last week, including a four-run margin Thursday in Philadelphia. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs put on a show for the Little Leaguers in a 7-1 win over the Pirates to take their first road series in 3 months," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of relaxation was in 1548

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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 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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