relax

Relax is a verb that describes feeling less stressed out or tense. If you want to relax after a crazy day at school, you might watch TV, take a nap, or do yoga to help you unwind.

Relax can also refer to behavior that grows less formal or restrained, like a beach wedding where the bride and groom relax the usually formal ceremony by wearing casual clothing. Relax can also mean to become less tight. When you relax your grip on a pen, your hold loosens up. Relax can also refer to something that becomes less severe or strict. If your teacher would relax the attendance rules, you wouldn't keep getting in trouble for skipping class!

Definitions of relax
  1. verb
    make less taut
    relax the tension on the rope”
    synonyms: unbend
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    types:
    unbrace
    remove from tension
    type of:
    loose, loosen
    make loose or looser
  2. verb
    become loose or looser or less tight
    “the rope relaxed
    synonyms: loose, loosen
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    stiffen
    become stiff or stiffer
    type of:
    weaken
    become weaker
  3. verb
    make less severe or strict
    “The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught”
    synonyms: loosen
    loosen
    become less severe or strict
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    become less severe or strict
    “The rules relaxed after the new director arrived”
    synonyms: loosen
    loosen
    make less severe or strict
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  5. verb
    make less active or fast
    “Don't relax your efforts now”
    synonyms: slack, slack up, slacken
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    type of:
    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
  6. verb
    cause to feel relaxed
    “A hot bath always relaxes me”
    synonyms: loosen up, make relaxed, unlax, unstrain, unwind
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    Antonyms:
    strain, tense, tense up
    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    types:
    unbend
    release from mental strain, tension, or formality
    type of:
    affect
    act physically on; have an effect upon
  7. verb
    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”
    synonyms: decompress, loosen up, slow down, unbend, unwind
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    Antonyms:
    tense, tense up
    become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    types:
    vege out, vegetate
    engage in passive relaxation
    sit back, take it easy
    settle into a comfortable sitting position
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  8. verb
    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”
    synonyms: loosen up
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    type of:
    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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