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Definitions of relax

  1. To abate in severity or tension; to remit in close attention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To make or become lax, loose, or less rigorous. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To slacken; make less tight or firm; as, to relax one's hold on a thing; render less strict, harsh, or severe; as, to relax punishment; relieve from strain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To loosen one thing away from another: to slacken: to make less close: to make less severe: to relieve from attention or effort: to divert: to loosen, as the bowels: to make languid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To loosen; slacken; make less severe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To become less tight or firm; as, his hold relaxed; become less severe; as, to relax in discipline; to cease effort; unbend; lessen tension; rest; as, to relax after the day's labor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To become less tight or severe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To slacken; to make less tense or rigid; to loosen; to make less strict or severe; to relieve from a state of strain or effort; to relieve from constipation; to make languid. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavors. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for relax

  1. Our problem is how to get the subject to relax – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  2. Surely you can afford to relax a little now? – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
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