re·​laxed | \ ri-ˈlakst How to pronounce relaxed (audio) \

Definition of relaxed

1 : freed from or lacking in precision or stringency
2 : set or being at rest or at ease
3 : easy of manner : informal
4 : somewhat loose-fitting and usually casual in style relaxed jeans

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Other Words from relaxed

relaxedly \ ri-​ˈlak-​səd-​lē How to pronounce relaxedly (audio) , ri-​ˈlakst-​lē \ adverb
relaxedness \ ri-​ˈlak-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce relaxedness (audio) , ri-​ˈlaks(t)-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for relaxed


canny [chiefly Scottish], comfortable, comfy, cozy, snug



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Examples of relaxed in a Sentence

Nothing makes me feel more relaxed than a nice hot bath. I used to get really nervous performing, but I'm pretty relaxed about it now. He's a very relaxed guy. The restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere. The seminar was very relaxed—we met at the professor's house instead of the lecture hall. We have a relaxed dress code at the office. a relaxed set of rules
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Add wine to the menu Adults only, of course, but serving wine at dinner creates a festive, relaxed atmosphere and can lengthen the time spent at the table. Jackie Pilossoph,, "8 ways simplify and enhance your family dinner experience," 28 June 2018 Comfort for the audience and performers is a primary concern in creating a relaxed atmosphere where viewers can engage with material on their own terms as its develops organically before their eyes, open or closed. Oliver Sava, Chicago Reader, "The Retreat is one experimental dance performance that wants to put you to sleep," 13 June 2018 This is a meet with a relaxed atmosphere and some very big names. Ken Goe,, "Some big names in action today in the Portland Track Festival: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 June 2018 My joints hurt just looking at them, but their limbs were relaxed, their focus on each other. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Young adult architecture," 24 May 2018 Many sanctions that apply to US persons and companies have never been relaxed. Tim Lister, CNN, "How the 'insane' Iranian nuclear deal might survive," 26 Apr. 2018 Very few firms disclose their total wage bills, but the big ones that do seem relaxed about short-term pressure. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 The woman gave dirty looks and the man seemed fairly relaxed. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Dana Graham at The Secret Group," 10 May 2018 Even though he was accompanied by bodyguards, some of whom had previously protected former Cuban President Fidel Castro, Díaz-Canel seemed relaxed and confident. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Cuba's likely new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, faces economic and diplomatic challenges," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of relaxed

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of relaxed was circa 1623

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English Language Learners Definition of relaxed

: calm and free from stress, worry, or anxiety : not worried or tense
: informal and comfortable
: not strict or carefully controlled

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