Meaning of RELAXATION in English


/ ˌriːlækˈseɪʃn; NAmE / noun


[ U ] ways of resting and enjoying yourself; time spent resting and enjoying yourself :

I go hill-walking for relaxation.

a few days of relaxation

relaxation techniques

➡ note at entertainment


[ C ] something pleasant you do in order to rest, especially after you have been working :

Fishing is his favourite relaxation.


[ U , C , usually sing. ] 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



late Middle English (denoting partial remission of a penalty): from Latin relaxatio(n-) , from the verb relaxare , from re- (expressing intensive force) + laxus lax, loose.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.