AskDefine | Define relax

Dictionary Definition



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" [syn: loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down] [ant: tense]
2 make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn: unbend]
3 become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" [syn: loosen, loose] [ant: stiffen]
4 cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me" [syn: unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed] [ant: tense, tense]
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" [syn: loosen up]
6 make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught" [syn: loosen]
7 become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived" [syn: loosen]
8 make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: slack, slacken, slack up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To make something loose.
  2. To become loose.
  3. To make something less severe or tense.
  4. To become less severe or tense.
  5. To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.
  6. (of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.
  7. To relieve (something) from stress.


to make something loose
to become loose
to make something less severe or tense
to become less severe or tense
to make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient
to become more lenient
to relieve (something) from stress

Extensive Definition

Relax may refer to:
relax in Dutch: Relax
relax in Japanese: リラックス

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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