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Meaning of RELAX

Pronunciation:  ri'laks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"
  2. [v]  become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
  3. [v]  become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
  4. [v]  make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope"
  5. [v]  make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
  6. [v]  become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
  7. [v]  make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
  8. [v]  become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"

RELAX is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: loose, loosen, loosen, loosen up, loosen up, make relaxed, slack, slack up, slacken, unbend, unlax, unstrain, unwind
 Antonyms: stiffen, strain, tense, tense up
 See Also: act, affect, alter, behave, change, change state, decompress, decrease, do, lessen, minify, relax, sit back, slow down, take it easy, turn, unbend, unbrace, vege out, vegetate, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*lax"\ (r?-l?ks"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Relaxed}
    (-l?kst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Relaxing}.] [L. relaxare; pref.
    re- re- + laxare to loose, to slacken, from laxus loose. See
    {Lax}, and cf. {Relay}, n., {Release}.]
    1. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid,
       tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to
       relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
             Horror . . . all his joints relaxed.  --Milton.
             Nor served it to relax their serried files.
    2. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency
       of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or
       effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention
       or endeavors.
             The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed
             by the legislature.                   --Swift.
    3. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to
       recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
    4. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an
       aperient relaxes the bowels.
    Syn: To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease;
         unbend; divert.
  2. \Re*lax"\, v. i.
    1. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp
             His knees relax with toil.            --Pope.
    2. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
             In others she relaxed again, And governed with a
             looser rein.                          --Prior.
    3. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to
       unbend; as, to relax in study.
  3. \Re*lax"\, n.
    Relaxation. [Obs.] --Feltham.
  4. \Re**lax"\, a.
    Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.