Relax Definition

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To make looser, or less firm or tense.
To relax one's grip.
Webster's New World
To become looser or less firm, as the muscles.
Webster's New World
To make lax or loose.
Relax one's grip.
American Heritage
To make less strict or severe; soften.
To relax discipline.
Webster's New World
To abate; reduce; slacken.
To relax one's efforts.
Webster's New World

Origin of Relax

  • Middle English relaxen from Old French relaxer from Latin relaxāre re- re- laxāre to loosen (from laxus loose slēg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French relaxer, from Latin relaxāre (“relax, loosen, open"), from re- (“back") + laxāre (“loosen"), from laxus (“loose, free").

    From Wiktionary


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