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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The relaxed rules will kick in Wednesday, offering a boost for France’s tourism sector. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2021 But during the worst moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities took emergency action and relaxed rules to allow alcoholic beverage service outdoors and for takeout, a lifeline for businesses when indoor restaurant dining was prohibited. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Europe’s vaccination campaign has also picked up in recent weeks, helped by larger deliveries and relaxed eligibility rules. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Side note: Many state and local governments are amending their rules to line up with the CDC’s more relaxed masking rules for those fully vaccinated. Lisa Donovan,, 19 May 2021 And in the first year of the NFL's relaxed jersey rules, Barnes' number stands out for its normalcy. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2021 As Italy gets ready for the season and prepares itself to welcoming tourists also from abroad (especially from the US and the UK), the government has adopted new, more relaxed rules to regulate travel in the country. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Doctors are urging the public to maintain social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing, despite the relaxed rules. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 1 May 2021 While the antagonistic language from the Trump campaign about its poll watchers was already a flash point in November, Democrats and voting rights groups are worried that relaxed rules will lead to more reports of aggressive behavior. New York Times, 1 May 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Relaxed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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