relax

verb
re·​lax | \ ri-ˈlaks How to pronounce relax (audio) \
relaxed; relaxing; relaxes

Definition of relax

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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
4 : to cast off social restraint, nervous tension, or anxiety couldn't relax in crowds
5 : to seek rest or recreation relax at the seashore
6 : to relieve constipation
7 : to attain equilibrium following the abrupt removal of some influence (such as light, high temperature, or stress)

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Other Words from relax

relaxer noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Nonetheless, Taiwan has made up for that shortfall by luring tourists from other markets, mostly Japan and Southeast Asia, and by relaxing visa requirements for some countries. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "China tried to threaten Taiwan by weaponizing tourism, but it didn’t work," 7 Jan. 2020 The good news is that the Indian Ocean Dipole has relaxed into a neutral state in the past week, which is clearing the way for Australia's monsoon season to begin in the northern part of the country. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What’s causing Australia’s devastating fire weather?," 4 Jan. 2020 Sundays are for relaxing — and considering your dating options. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "If You Want To Date More In 2020, Make Sure You Open Your App Today," 3 Jan. 2020 Prepare to be mesmerized by demonstration videos, and maybe even look forward to folding as a satisfying and relaxing task. Popular Science, "Laundry accessories to make your life a little easier," 3 Jan. 2020 Nearly everyone wants to make some kind of life change: eat better, lose weight, exercise more regularly, sleep and relax more. Bj Fogg, WSJ, "On the Journey to New Habits, Take Tiny Steps," 2 Jan. 2020 Quick Fix: Spend Time with Giants The scent of trees relaxes us. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Chill Out and Relax Already," 1 Jan. 2020 Twin Oast Farm, a brewery in Catawba, is bringing its beer and relaxing atmosphere. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What to do at the 2020 Progressive Cleveland Boat Show," 31 Dec. 2019 Another rule, which would relax fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, is expected to be finalized by March. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s board of advisers, dominated by Trump appointees, warn regulatory rollbacks clash with established science," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of relax

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relax

Middle English, from Latin relaxare, from re- + laxare to loosen, from laxus loose — more at slack

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The first known use of relax was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relax.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relax. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for relax

relax

verb
How to pronounce relax (audio)

English Language Learners 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

relax

verb
re·​lax | \ ri-ˈlaks How to pronounce relax (audio) \
relaxed; relaxing

Kids Definition of relax

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.
re·​lax | \ ri-ˈlaks How to pronounce relax (audio) \

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 verb

1 of 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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