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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It's made of 100 percent Italian cashmere with a relaxed fit and side pockets—a necessity for stuffing things like tissues and your cellphone into. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Pink Mansur Gavriel Coat Is On Sale," 17 Jan. 2019 The sophisticated and the relaxed' is a refrain that defines much of South Africa’s new cultural scene in these emerging neighborhoods. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 The upstairs contains four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, all with a relaxed, summer cottage aesthetic. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Charming 1912 house on a private island asks $4.9M," 5 Dec. 2018 The continuing selloff in Italian bonds challenges government officials’ claim that financial markets are more relaxed about their economic policies than Brussels. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "Italian Credit Downgrade Likely to Add to Pressure on Europe’s Markets," 19 Oct. 2018 Jeans of choice: Joe’s jeans, dark wash, relaxed fit. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "David Olsen Thinks We All Need to Use Better Face Masks," 28 Feb. 2018 The French newspaper Le Monde, for example, was relaxed. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer," 13 July 2018 But with so many networks and platforms clamoring for space and attention, that rule was relaxed this year with competitive nightly events allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Glenn Whipp,, "This year, the path to the Emmys goes through the Arby's takeout window," 11 June 2018 The Arizona softball team was relaxed at the start of the NCAA Softball Selection Show on Sunday night as the commentators announced the top eight seeds and hosts of Regional and Super Regional rounds. Justin Spears, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats named No. 14 seed in NCAA Softball Tournament, will host Regional," 13 May 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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