- To relax is defined as to become calm, to loosen, or to calm down.
An example of to relax is to sit on the couch and watch TV after a long day of work.
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- to make looser, or less firm or tense: to relax one's grip
- to make less strict or severe; soften: to relax discipline
- to abate; reduce; slacken: to relax one's efforts
- to release from intense concentration, hard work, worry, etc.; give rest to: to relax the mind
- to treat (tightly curled hair) with a chemical solution so as to loosen the curls
Origin: Middle English relaxen, to loosen from Classical Latin relaxare from re-, back plush laxare, to loosen, widen from laxus, loose: see lax
- to become looser or less firm, as the muscles
- to become less tense or stern, as one's features
- to become less strict, or milder, as discipline
- to become easier, or less stiff, in manner
- to rest from effort, worry, or work, as by lying down, engaging in recreation, etc.
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verb re·laxed, re·lax·ing, re·lax·es verb, transitive
- To make lax or loose: relax one's grip.
- To make less severe or strict: relax a curfew.
- To reduce in intensity; slacken: relax one's efforts.
- To relieve from tension or strain: The warm bath relaxed me.
- To take one's ease; rest.
- To become lax or loose.
- To become less severe or strict.
- To become less restrained or tense.
Origin: Middle English relaxen, from Old French relaxer, from Latin relaxāre : re-, re- + laxāre, to loosen (from laxus, loose; see slēg- in Indo-European roots).
- re·laxˈa·ble adjective
relax - Medical Definition
- To make or become lax or loose.
- To relieve or become relieved from tension or strain.