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verb re·lax \ri-ˈlaks\

Definition of relax

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make less tense or rigid :  slacken relaxed his grip

  3. 2 :  to make less severe or stringent :  modify relax immigration laws

  4. 3 :  to deprive of energy, zeal, or strength of purpose

  5. 4 :  to relieve from nervous tension

  6. 5 :  to treat (hair) chemically in order to relax curls

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to become lax, weak, or loose :  rest

  9. 2 :  to become less intense or severe hoped the committee would relax in its opposition

  10. 3 of a muscle or muscle fiber :  to become inactive and lengthen

  11. 4 :  to cast off social restraint, nervous tension, or anxiety couldn't relax in crowds

  12. 5 :  to seek rest or recreation relax at the seashore

  13. 6 :  to relieve constipation

  14. 7 :  to attain equilibrium following the abrupt removal of some influence (such as light, high temperature, or stress)

relaxer

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Examples of relax in a Sentence

  1. The muscles in my neck and shoulders should relax after a nice hot shower.

  2. A hot shower relaxed the tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.

  3. I can't relax with all this noise!

  4. Just relax, there's nothing to worry about.

  5. Try to relax and enjoy the ride.

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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

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Definition of relax for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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verb re·lax \ri-ˈlaks\

Definition of relax for Students

relaxed

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relaxing

  1. 1 :  to make or become loose or less tense Relax your muscles. She relaxed her grip on the reins.

  2. 2 :  to make or become less severe or strict Mom relaxed the rules for the summer.

  3. 3 :  to become calm and free from stress

  4. 4 :  to seek rest or enjoyment You can relax at the beach.


Medical Dictionary

relax

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verb re·lax \ri-ˈlaks\

Medical Definition of relax

  1. 1:  to slacken or make less tense or rigid alternately contracting and relaxing their muscles

  2. 2:  to relieve from nervous tension

  3. 3:  to relieve from constipation medications to relax the bowels

  4. 1

  5. intransitive verb

  6. of a muscle or muscle fiber :  to return to an inactive or resting state; especially :  to become inactive and lengthen

  7. 2:  to cast off social restraint, nervous tension, or anxiety couldn't relax in crowds



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