WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•laxed /rɪˈlækst/USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- not worried;
relieved from tension;
loosened and no longer tight.
(ri lakst′),USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- being free of or relieved from tension or anxiety:in a relaxed mood.
- not strict; easy;
informal:the relaxed rules of the club.
relax + -ed2]
(ri lak′sid lē, -lakst′lē),USA pronunciation adv.
re•lax /rɪˈlæks/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•lax•er, n. [countable]See -lax-.
- to (cause to) be made less tense, rigid, or firm: [~ + object]a drug to relax the muscles.[no object]Her muscles relaxed during sleep.
- to make less strict or severe:[~ + object]I can't relax the rules for anyone in the class.
- to enjoy or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.: [no object]Come in, sit down and relax.[~ + object]Maybe the quiet music will relax you.
(ri laks′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax:to relax the muscles.
- to diminish the force of.
- to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.
- to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc.:to relax the requirements for a license.
- to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.:A short swim always relaxes me.
(ri lak′sə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation adj.
- to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
- to become less strict or severe;
- to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., esp. for the sake of rest or recreation.
- to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.
- Latin relaxāre to stretch out again, loosen, equivalent. to re- re- + laxāre to loosen, derivative of laxus slack, lax
- Middle English relaxen 1350–1400
- 1, 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged loosen, slacken.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mitigate, weaken, lessen, reduce.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ease.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unbend.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged relent, soften.
- 1, 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tighten, tense.
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relax /rɪˈlæks/ vb
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, laxreˈlaxed adj relaxedly /rɪˈlæksɪdlɪ/ adv
- to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid
- (intransitive) to take rest or recreation, as from work or effort
- to lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished
- to make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity
- (intransitive) (of a person) to become less formal; unbend
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