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Definition of relaxation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    relaxation

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    noun
    NAmE//ˌrilækˈseɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1 [uncountable] ways of resting and enjoying yourself; time spent resting and enjoying yourself I go hiking for relaxation. a few days of relaxation relaxation techniques Thesaurusentertainmentfun recreation relaxation play pleasure amusementThese are all words for things or activities used to entertain people when they are not working.entertainment movies, television, music, etc. used to entertain people:The club offers live entertainment seven nights a week.fun (somewhat informal) behavior or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment:I took an art class just for the fun of it. The lottery provides harmless fun for millions.recreation (somewhat formal) things people do for enjoyment when they are not working:His only form of recreation is playing basketball.relaxation (somewhat formal) things people do to rest and enjoy themselves when they are not working; the ability to relax:I go hiking for relaxation.recreation or relaxation?Both these words can be used for a wide range of activities, physical and mental, but relaxation is sometimes used for gentler activities than recreation:I play the flute in a wind band for recreation. I listen to music for relaxation.play things that people, especially children, do for enjoyment rather than as work:the importance of learning through playpleasure the activity of enjoying yourself, especially in contrast to working:Are you in Paris for business or pleasure?amusement (somewhat formal) the fact of being entertained by something:What do you do for amusement around here?Patterns to do something for entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/pleasure/amusement to provide entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/amusement
  2. 2[countable] something pleasant you do in order to rest, especially after you have been working Fishing is his favorite relaxation.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable, usually singular] the act of making a rule or some form of control less strict or severe the relaxation of foreign currency controls a relaxation of travel restrictions
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: relaxation