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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Harris, who has seen her poll numbers sink after a breakthrough performance in the first Democratic debate in March, was relaxed Thursday night. John Wildermuth,, "Democratic presidential debate erupts into free-for-all," 12 Sep. 2019 Since taking a day off last home stand, Davis looks to be a little more relaxed at the plate. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics set records in rout of Houston Astros," 10 Sep. 2019 He was inspired to become a journalist as a high-school student, in the early two-thousands, which was a time when government control on journalism was relatively relaxed. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News," 19 Aug. 2019 The key to a more relaxed Thanksgiving Day is organization. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "Can You Freeze Pumpkin Pie?," 16 Aug. 2019 Processing payments between banks doesn’t pose the same risk as deposits, so risk-sensitive regulations in the U.K. are relaxed. Kathryn Petralia, Fortune, "Regulate Fintechs for What They Do, Not What They Don’t," 15 Aug. 2019 Breaks are built-in, meetings are short, and players think Kingsbury is cool, but that all doesn't mean the atmosphere is overly relaxed. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Subtle differences at Cardinals training camp mark the start of the Kliff Kingsbury era," 28 July 2019 Slightly more relaxed is Playa del Sol, a long stretch that still has plenty of cafes and cocktail spots for sunset on the Pacific. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Valparaiso, Chile," 23 July 2019 In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Massive heat wave blamed for at least 6 deaths," 21 July 2019

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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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