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re·lax

 (rĭ-lăks′)
v. re·laxed, re·lax·ing, re·lax·es
v.tr.
1. To make lax or loose: relax one's grip.
2. To make less severe or strict: relax a curfew.
3. To reduce in intensity; slacken: relax one's efforts.
4. To relieve from tension or strain: The warm bath relaxed me.
v.intr.
1. To take one's ease; rest.
2. To become lax or loose.
3. To become less severe or strict.
4. To become less restrained or tense.

[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·lax′a·ble adj.

relax

(rɪˈlæks)
vb
1. to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid
2. (intr) to take rest or recreation, as from work or effort: on Sundays, she just relaxes; she relaxes by playing golf.
3. to lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished
4. to make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity
5. (intr) (of a person) to become less formal; unbend
[C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax]
reˈlaxable adj
reˈlaxed adj
relaxedly adv

re•lax

(rɪˈlæks)

v.t.
1. to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.
2. to diminish the force or intensity of, as effort or concentration; slacken or abate.
3. to make less strict or severe, as rules or discipline.
4. to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.
v.i.
5. to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
6. to become less strict or severe.
7. to reduce or stop work, effort, or application for the sake of rest or recreation.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin relaxāre loosen, relax =re- re- + laxāre to widen, undo, free, derivative of laxus slack, lax]
re•lax′a•tive, adj.
re•lax′er, n.

relax

  • relax - From Latin re- and laxus, "lax."
  • restive, restless - Restive means impatient or fidgety under pressure or restraint; restless is being uneasy, unquiet, or unable to relax or rest.
  • creolize - To relax in an elegant fashion in a warm climate.
  • rizzle - To relax after a heavy meal.

relax

When you relax, you make yourself calmer and less worried or tense.

Make the room dark, get into bed, close your eyes, and relax.
Some people can't even relax when they are at home.

Relax is not a reflexive verb. Don't say that you 'relax yourself'.

relax


Past participle: relaxed
Gerund: relaxing

Imperative
relax
relax
Present
I relax
you relax
he/she/it relaxes
we relax
you relax
they relax
Preterite
I relaxed
you relaxed
he/she/it relaxed
we relaxed
you relaxed
they relaxed
Present Continuous
I am relaxing
you are relaxing
he/she/it is relaxing
we are relaxing
you are relaxing
they are relaxing
Present Perfect
I have relaxed
you have relaxed
he/she/it has relaxed
we have relaxed
you have relaxed
they have relaxed
Past Continuous
I was relaxing
you were relaxing
he/she/it was relaxing
we were relaxing
you were relaxing
they were relaxing
Past Perfect
I had relaxed
you had relaxed
he/she/it had relaxed
we had relaxed
you had relaxed
they had relaxed
Future
I will relax
you will relax
he/she/it will relax
we will relax
you will relax
they will relax
Future Perfect
I will have relaxed
you will have relaxed
he/she/it will have relaxed
we will have relaxed
you will have relaxed
they will have relaxed
Future Continuous
I will be relaxing
you will be relaxing
he/she/it will be relaxing
we will be relaxing
you will be relaxing
they will be relaxing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been relaxing
you have been relaxing
he/she/it has been relaxing
we have been relaxing
you have been relaxing
they have been relaxing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been relaxing
you will have been relaxing
he/she/it will have been relaxing
we will have been relaxing
you will have been relaxing
they will have been relaxing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been relaxing
you had been relaxing
he/she/it had been relaxing
we had been relaxing
you had been relaxing
they had been relaxing
Conditional
I would relax
you would relax
he/she/it would relax
we would relax
you would relax
they would relax
Past Conditional
I would have relaxed
you would have relaxed
he/she/it would have relaxed
we would have relaxed
you would have relaxed
they would have relaxed

relax

To let pastry stand, especially after rolling out, so that it is not stretched.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.relax - become less tense, rest, or take one's easerelax - become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
vege out, vegetate - engage in passive relaxation; "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television"
sit back, take it easy - settle into a comfortable sitting position
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
tense up, tense - become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
2.relax - make less taut; "relax the tension on the rope"
loosen, loose - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
unbrace - remove from tension
3.relax - become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
4.relax - cause to feel relaxedrelax - cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
unbend - release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"
tense up, tense, strain - cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
5.relax - 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"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
6.relax - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
loosen, relax - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
7.relax - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
loosen, relax - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
8.relax - make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"

relax

verb
1. be or feel at ease, chill out (slang, chiefly U.S.), take it easy, loosen up, laze, lighten up (slang), put your feet up, hang loose (slang), let yourself go (informal), let your hair down (informal), mellow out (informal), make yourself at home, outspan (S. African), take your ease I ought to relax and stop worrying about it.
be or feel at ease be alert, be alarmed
2. calm down, calm, soothe, unwind, pacify, loosen up, tranquillize Do something that you know relaxes you.
3. make less tense, soften, loosen up, unbend, unknot, rest Massage is used to relax muscles.
4. lessen, reduce, ease, relieve, weaken, loosen, let up, slacken He gradually relaxed his grip on the arms of the chair.
lessen work, increase, tighten, tense, intensify
5. moderate, ease, relieve, weaken, diminish, mitigate, slacken Rules governing student conduct have been relaxed in recent years.
moderate heighten, tighten up

relax

verb
1. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
2. To take repose by ceasing work or other effort for an interval of time:
Translations
يُرْخي، يُخَفِّفيَسْتَرْخِييَسْتَريح، يُرَوِّح عن نَفْسِه
uvolnituvolnit sezmírnit
slappe aflempeløsne
rentoutuahöllentäähöllentyähölletärauhoittua
opustiti se
kipiheni magát
slaka áslaka á, gefa eftir
くつろぐほっとする和らげる緊張を解く緩める
긴장을 풀다
atbrīvot, atslābinātkļūt pielaidīgākamliberalizēt
odpočiti sisprostitisprostiti se
slappna av
พักผ่อน
gevşe mekgevşemeksakinleş mekyumuşa mak
thư giãn

relax

[rɪˈlæks]
A. VT [+ person, body, part of body] → relajar; [+ discipline, rules, controls] → relajar; [+ standards] → dejar que bajen
to relax one's musclesrelajar los músculos
to relax one's grip or hold on sthdejar de agarrarse de or a algo tan apretadamente, soltar algo (fig) → ejercer menor control sobre algo
B. VI
1. [person] (= rest, lose inhibitions) → relajarse; (= calm down) → relajarse, tranquilizarse; (= amuse oneself) → esparcirse, expansionarse
I like to relax with a bookme gusta relajarme leyendo
relax! everything's fine¡tranquilízate! todo está bien
we relaxed in the sun of Majorcanos relajamos bajo el sol de Mallorca
I find it difficult to relax with herme resulta difícil estar relajado cuando estoy con ella
2. [person, body, muscles] → relajarse
his face relaxed into a smilerelajó la cara y sonrió
we must not relax in our effortses preciso no cejar en nuestros esfuerzos

relax

[rɪˈlæks]
vi
(= unwind) [person] → se détendre
I relax listening to music → Je me détends en écoutant de la musique.
(= calm down) [person] → se détendre
Relax! Everything's fine → Détends-toi! Tout va bien.
[muscles, grip] → se relâcher
His grip on the handle relaxed
BUT Il relâcha sa prise sur la poignée.
vt
(= soothe) [+ mind, person] → détendre
Soft music helps to relax the mind → La musique douce aide à se détendre l'esprit., La musique douce aide à détendre l'esprit.
(= loosen) [+ grip] → relâcher, desserrer; [+ muscle] → détendre
He gradually relaxed his grip → Il relâcha graduellement sa prise., Il desserra graduellement sa prise.
(= make less strict) [+ rules, restrictions] → assouplir

relax

vtlockern; muscles also, person, one’s mindentspannen; attention, effortnachlassen in (+dat); to relax the bowels (Med) → den Stuhlgang fördern
vi(sich) entspannen; (= rest)(sich) ausruhen; (= calm down)sich beruhigen; let’s just relax!ganz ruhig!; relax!reg dich nicht auf!, immer mit der Ruhe!; his face relaxed into a smilesein Gesicht entspannte sich zu einem Lächeln

relax

[rɪˈlæks]
1. vt (muscles, person) → rilassare; (restrictions) → diminuire; (discipline) → allentare
to relax one's hold on sth → allentare la presa di qc
2. vi (rest) → rilassarsi; (amuse oneself) → svagarsi; (slacken, sb's grip) → allentarsi; (calm down) relax!calma!
his face relaxed into a smile → il suo viso si distese in un sorriso

relax

(rəˈlӕks) verb
1. to make or become less tight or tense or less worried etc; to rest completely. The doctor gave him a drug to make him relax; Relax your shoulders; He relaxed his grip for a second and the rope was dragged out of his hand.
2. to make or become less strict or severe. The rules were relaxed because of the Queen's visit.
ˌrelaxˈation (riːlӕks-) noun
I play golf for relaxation; Golf is one of my favourite relaxations.

relax

يَسْتَرْخِي uvolnit se slappe af entspannen (sich) χαλαρώνω relajarse rentoutua se détendre opustiti se rilassarsi くつろぐ 긴장을 풀다 ontspannen slappe av odprężyć relaxar, relaxar-se расслабиться slappna av พักผ่อน gevşemek thư giãn 放松

re·lax

v. relajar el cuerpo, reducir tensión; relajarse; aflojar; descansar.

relax

vt relajar, aflojar; Relax your leg..Relaje (Afloje) la pierna; vi relajarse; Relax..Relájese.
References in classic literature ?
There was the faint report--the crack of the electric rifle-- and the folds of the serpent seemed to relax.
The women at once rose and began to shake out their draperies and relax their muscles.
But the scout, who had placed his chin in his hand, with an expression of cold indifference, gradually suffered his rigid features to relax, until, as verse succeeded verse, he felt his iron nature subdued, while his recollection was carried back to boyhood, when his ears had been accustomed to listen to similar sounds of praise, in the settlements of the colony.
But the fact of his identity did not cause the frown to relax or the rebuke to halt unuttered.
I walked a long time, and when I thought I had nearly done enough, and might conscientiously yield to the fatigue that almost overpowered me--might relax this forced action, and, sitting down on a stone I saw near, submit resistlessly to the apathy that clogged heart and limb--I heard a bell chime--a church bell.
Again, if I move a finger or relax a muscle of my face, Miss Murdstone pokes me with her prayer-book, and makes my side ache.
Jaggers relax into something like a smile, and Wemmick become bolder.
Immediate in a flame, But soon obscur'd with smoak, all Heav'n appeerd, From those deep-throated Engins belcht, whose roar Emboweld with outragious noise the Air, And all her entrails tore, disgorging foule Thir devillish glut, chaind Thunderbolts and Hail Of Iron Globes, which on the Victor Host Level'd, with such impetuous furie smote, That whom they hit, none on thir feet might stand, Though standing else as Rocks, but down they fell By thousands, Angel on Arch-Angel rowl'd; The sooner for thir Arms, unarm'd they might Have easily as Spirits evaded swift By quick contraction or remove; but now Foule dissipation follow'd and forc't rout; Nor serv'd it to relax thir serried files.
The doctor was taken aback, but the solemn disposition of his features did not relax as he almost intoned: "Has Sir Francis told you the sad news, Mr.
Don Fernando parted the officer and Don Quixote, and to their mutual contentment made them relax the grip by which they held, the one the coat collar, the other the throat of his adversary; for all this, however, the officers did not cease to demand their prisoner and call on them to help, and deliver him over bound into their power, as was required for the service of the King and of the Holy Brotherhood, on whose behalf they again demanded aid and assistance to effect the capture of this robber and footpad of the highways.
As if the tone of government had been found too high, or too rigid, the doctrines they teach are calculated to induce us to depress or to relax it, by expedients which, upon other occasions, have been condemned or forborne.
Korak, momentarily forgetful of his bloody mission, permitted the fingers of his spear hand to relax a little their grasp upon the shaft of his formidable weapon.