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Meaning & Definition of Relax in English

English

Relax

/rɪlæks/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • loosen up
  • ,
  • unbend
  • ,
  • unwind
  • ,
  • decompress
  • ,
  • slow down

2. Make less taut

  • "Relax the tension on the rope"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • unbend

3. Become loose or looser or less tight

  • "The noose loosened"
  • "The rope relaxed"
    synonym:
  • loosen
  • ,
  • relax
  • ,
  • loose

4. Cause to feel relaxed

  • "A hot bath always relaxes me"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • unstrain
  • ,
  • unlax
  • ,
  • loosen up
  • ,
  • unwind
  • ,
  • make relaxed

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • loosen up

6. Make less severe or strict

  • "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • loosen

7. Become less severe or strict

  • "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
    synonym:
  • relax
  • ,
  • loosen

8. Make less active or fast

  • "He slackened his pace as he got tired"
  • "Don't relax your efforts now"
    synonym:
  • slack
  • ,
  • slacken
  • ,
  • slack up
  • ,
  • relax

Examples of using

Tell Tom to relax.
I think we can relax now.
Would your relax, please?