Simple Definition of relax
: to become or to cause (something) to become less tense, tight, or stiff
: to stop feeling nervous or worried
: to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable especially after you have been doing work
Full Definition of relax
1 : to make less tense or rigid : slacken <relaxed his grip>
2 : to make less severe or stringent : modify <relax immigration laws>
3 : to deprive of energy, zeal, or strength of purpose
4 : to relieve from nervous tension
5 : to treat (hair) chemically in order to relax curls
1 : to become lax, weak, or loose : rest
2 : to become less intense or severe <hoped the committee would relax in its opposition>
3 of a muscle or muscle fiber : to become inactive and lengthen
Examples of relax in a sentence
The muscles in my neck and shoulders should relax after a nice hot shower.
A hot shower relaxed the tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.
I can't relax with all this noise!
Just relax, there's nothing to worry about.
Try to relax and enjoy the ride.
Origin of relax
Middle English, from Latin relaxare, from re- + laxare to loosen, from laxus loose — more at slack
First Known Use: 15th century
RELAX Defined for Kids
Definition of relax for Students
1 : to make or become loose or less tense <Relax your muscles.> <She relaxed her grip on the reins.>
2 : to make or become less severe or strict <Mom relaxed the rules for the summer.>
3 : to become calm and free from stress
4 : to seek rest or enjoyment <You can relax at the beach.>
Medical Definition of relax
1: to slacken or make less tense or rigid <alternately contracting and relaxing their muscles>
2: to relieve from nervous tension
3: to relieve from constipation <medications to relax the bowels>
intransitive verbof a muscle or muscle fiber : to return to an inactive or resting state; especially : to become inactive and lengthen
2: to cast off social restraint, nervous tension, or anxiety <couldn't relax in crowds>
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