Definitions of relax

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