Definitions of relax

  1. 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"
  2. make less severe or strict; " The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
  3. become loose or looser or less tight; " The noose loosened"; " the rope relaxed"
  4. become less severe or strict; " The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
  5. 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"
  6. cause to feel relaxed; " A hot bath always relaxes me"
  7. make less tight; " relax the tension on the rope"
  8. make less active or fast; " He slackened his pace as he got tired"; " Don't relax your efforts now"
  9. Relaxation.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
  13. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels.
  14. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax.
  15. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
  16. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study.
  17. Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To become less tight or severe.
  22. To loosen; slacken; make less severe.
  23. To make or become lax, loose, or less rigorous.
  24. 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.
  25. To abate in severity or tension; to remit in close attention.

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
  3. He had suffered himself to relax on the ground in front of a small house set well back among spectral- looking trees and surrounded by a stone wall overgrown with foliage. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  4. The officers seemed to relax their usual rigor, and many of the prisoners exchanged greetings. – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote
  5. Take a deep breath, hold it, and relax. – Anything You Can Do ... by Gordon Randall Garrett
  6. Merely suggesting to the subject to relax is not sufficient, as a rule, to bring about this desired mental state. – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  7. He leaned back in the seat with his arms rigid and his fists clenched until she, noticing the tense muscles of his hand, laughingly told him he would have nervous prostration if he did not learn to relax his nerves. – Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories Emerson's Wife -- Colonel Kate's Protégée -- The Kid of Apache Teju -- A Blaze on Pard Huff -- How Colonel Kate Won Her Spurs -- Hollyhocks -- The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Johnson Sides -- A Piece of Wreckag by Florence Finch Kelly
  8. He instructed her minutely in how to stand, in how to breathe, in how to open her mouth and keep it open, in how to relax her throat and leave it relaxed. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  9. Fortunately, however, the storm, which was brief as violent, began now to relax; the rain grew less and less fierce; and at last, as the clouds parted, the moon burst forth in the purple opening of heaven, and streamed clear and full into that desolate abode. – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  10. Your job here is done, Houston, so you can take the rest of the evening off and relax. – The Penal Cluster by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  11. I let my arm relax in the hand that guided me, flung a fold of my shirtcloak over my face, and went along with my unknown guide. – The Door Through Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  12. With our experience, however, of the unreasonable course of the Mexican authorities, it is the part of wisdom not to relax in the energy of our military operations until the result is made known. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  13. And yet his own life was in danger, and- he dared not relax his hold. – Far Past the Frontier by James A. Braden
  14. He evidently for once had suffered his usual self- restraint to relax, and she felt it was almost a pity that he had not done so more frequently. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  15. Still I did not relax my efforts to make my share larger. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  16. The poor fellow seemed paralysed, save that I could feel his hands grasping me with a clutch that did not relax for a moment, as I lay there on my chest, thinking what I must do. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  17. It's nice to relax and have our children do the work and the thinking, isn't it? – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  18. Bend the head toward the right shoulder as far as possible, then relax. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr