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!

Primary Meanings of relax

1.
v
make less taut
2.
v
make less severe or strict
3.
v
make less active or fast
4.
v
cause to feel relaxed
Full Definitions of relax
1

v make less taut

relax the tension on the rope”
Synonyms:
unbend
Types:
unbrace
remove from tension
Type of:
loose, loosen
make loose or looser

v become loose or looser or less tight

“the rope relaxed
Synonyms:
loose, loosen
Antonyms:
stiffen
become stiff or stiffer
Type of:
weaken
become weaker
2

v 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
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become less severe or strict

“The rules relaxed after the new director arrived”
Synonyms:
loosen
loosen
make less severe or strict
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
3

v make less active or fast

“Don't relax your efforts now”
Synonyms:
slack, slack up, slacken
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller
4

v cause to feel relaxed

“A hot bath always relaxes me”
Synonyms:
loosen up, make relaxed, unlax, unstrain, unwind
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

v 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
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

v 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
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

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