American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make lax or loose: relax one's grip.
- v. To make less severe or strict: relax a curfew.
- v. To reduce in intensity; slacken: relax one's efforts.
- v. To relieve from tension or strain: The warm bath relaxed me.
- v. To take one's ease; rest.
- v. To become lax or loose.
- v. To become less severe or strict.
- v. To become less restrained or tense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To slacken; make more lax or less tense or rigid; loosen; make less close or firm: as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
- To make less severe or rigorous; remit or abate in strictness: as, to relax a law or rule.
- To remit or abate in respect to attention, assiduity, effort, or labor: as, to relax study; to relax exertions or efforts.
- To relieve from attention or effort; afford a relaxation to; unbend: as, conversation relaxes the mind of the student.
- To abate; take away.
- To relieve from constipation; loosen; open: as, medicines relax the bowels.
- To set loose or free; give up or over.
- Synonyms To loose, unbrace, weaken, enervate, debilitate.
- To mitigate, ease.
- To divert, recreate.
- To become loose, feeble, or languid.
- To abate in severity; become more mild or less rigorous.
- To remit in close attention; unbend.
- n. Relaxation.
- Relaxed; loose.
- v. transitive To calm down.
- v. transitive To make something loose.
- v. intransitive To become loose.
- v. transitive To make something less severe or tense.
- v. intransitive To become less severe or tense.
- v. transitive To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.
- v. intransitive To become more lenient.
- v. transitive To relieve (something) from stress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open
- v. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort
- v. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert.
- v. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open.
- v. To become lax, weak, or loose.
- v. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
- v. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend.
- n. obsolete Relaxation.
- adj. Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.
- v. make less taut
- v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
- v. cause to feel relaxed
- v. make less active or fast
- v. make less severe or strict
- v. become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner
- v. become less severe or strict
- v. become loose or looser or less tight
- From Old French relaxer, from Latin relaxāre ("relax, loosen, open"), from re- ("back") + laxāre ("loosen"), from laxus ("loose, free"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English relaxen, from Old French relaxer, from Latin relaxāre : re-, re- + laxāre, to loosen (from laxus, loose; see slēg- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Writing to relax is always the best way to go: let the fingers lead the heart to work.”
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“If you like, you can count each breath, or even repeat the word relax or centered as you breathe out.”
“It's difficult for a Mexican to assimilate into the North American culture, but it's much worse for a North American to assimilate into the Mexican culture, since learning to relax is much harder than making money.”
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