Relax - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈlæks|  American pronunciation of the word relax
Brit.  |rɪˈlæks|  British pronunciation of the word relax


- become less tense, rest, or take one's ease (syn: decompress, loosen up, unbend, unwind)
He relaxed in the hot tub
Let's all relax after a hard day's work
- make less taut (syn: unbend)
relax the tension on the rope
- become loose or looser or less tight (syn: loose, loosen)
the rope relaxed
- cause to feel relaxed (syn: loosen up, unwind)
A hot bath always relaxes me
- become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner (syn: loosen up)
our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group
- make less severe or strict (syn: loosen)
The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught
- become less severe or strict (syn: loosen)
The rules relaxed after the new director arrived
- make less active or fast (syn: slack, slack up, slacken)
Don't relax your efforts now

Extra examples

The muscles in my neck and shoulders should relax after a nice hot shower.

A hot shower relaxed the tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.

I can't relax with all this noise!

Just relax, there's nothing to worry about.

Try to relax and enjoy the ride.

Please relax your grip on my arm.

The horse relaxed its course as it approached me.

She seemed somewhat to relax her tone of severity.

The crowd relaxed into laughter at the speaker's excellent joke.

His face relaxed in a smile.

Let's stop working and relax for an hour.

When I'm tired, I like to relax in / into a deep armchair.

Relax, darling. Our problem is soon to be solved.

He hoped that the committee would relax in its opposition.

I just want to sit down and relax.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: relax
he/she/it: relaxes
present participle: relaxing
past tense: relaxed
past participle: relaxed
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