Definitions for: Relax


[v] cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"
[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"
[v] become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
[v] make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope"
[v] make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
[v] become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
[v] make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
[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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*lax" (r?-l?ks"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaxed
(-l?kst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.] [L. relaxare; pref.
re- re- + laxare to loose, to slacken, from laxus loose. See
Lax, and cf. Relay, n., Release.]
1. 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.

Horror . . . all his joints relaxed. --Milton.

Nor served it to relax their serried files.
--Milton.

2. 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.

The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed
by the legislature. --Swift.

3. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to
recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.

4. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an
aperient relaxes the bowels.

Syn: To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease;
unbend; divert.


Re*lax", v. i.
1. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp
relax.

His knees relax with toil. --Pope.

2. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.

In others she relaxed again, And governed with a
looser rein. --Prior.

3. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to
unbend; as, to relax in study.


Re*lax", n.
Relaxation. [Obs.] --Feltham.


Re**lax", a.
Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.

Synonyms: loose, loosen, loosen, loosen up, loosen up, make relaxed, slack, slack up, slacken, unbend, unlax, unstrain, unwind

Antonyms: stiffen, strain, tense, tense up

See Also: act, affect, alter, behave, change, change state, decompress, decrease, do, lessen, minify, relax, sit back, slow down, take it easy, turn, unbend, unbrace, vege out, vegetate, weaken

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Famous Quotes Containing Relax:


I don't really make plans and I just want to be happy and continue with my business and take care of my wife and kids. I want to sit back, relax and enjoy life.

-- Larry Holmes (American Athlete)

I think it was always there and it was maybe a matter of bringing it out. It was harder than I thought it would be and I had to try harder. I had to regain my confidence, maybe the most important thing. I have learned a lot to relax. I know what I can do now, and I do it.

-- Guy Lafleur (Canadian Athlete)

Relax, Georgie, I'm just making my collar and cuffs match.

-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)

You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.

-- Ian Mcewan (British Author)

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)

The only way I could relax was when I was with my children.

-- Andrew Wiles (English Mathematician)

I think you have to relax about aging. What else can you do?

-- Felicity Kendal (English Actress)

I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?

-- Jackie Kennedy ( First Lady)

That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.

-- Chester W. Nimitz (American Soldier)

I don't like telling people where I stand on this, although I'm surprised anybody wonders. I suppose if I say I'm pro-choice, if I make that clear, it let's the audience off the hook, then they can sort of relax. Okay, it's alright he's pro-choice then I can enjoy this.

-- Todd Solondz (American Writer)

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

To me, it's like we're already in the playoffs. Every game is important for our position. We can't relax at all.

-- Peter Bondra (Ukrainian Athlete)

The odds are always against you no matter what your previous history is. You have to overcome the tendency to relax.

-- Tom Osborne (American Politician)

It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.

-- Stirling Moss (British Celebrity)

Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate.

-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)

It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they're just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax.

-- Glenn Frey (American Musician)

It has an air about it of having strolled in from the street with a few tricks up its sleeve, and if everybody would relax, please, it would do its best to pass the time whimsically.

-- Walter Kerr (American Critic)

Success is very ephemeral. You depend entirely on the desire of others, which makes it difficult to relax.

-- Eva Green (French Actress)

Philosophically, what I have learned is to thy own self be true. That is the biggest lesson of all. Relax; music is fun. To many people take it to seriously because of the money involved.

-- Greg Lake (British Musician)

The average housewife goes to the restaurant to relax and enjoy the food. But when Eva walks in, she becomes the center of attention.

-- Eva Gabor (Hungarian Actress)

You had to decompress the pressure before the race. I taught my heart to relax. I lay down before the race. It gave me more energy just before the race.

-- Emerson Fittipaldi (Brazilian Celebrity)

The one thing you can't do when you're highly ranked is relax.

-- William Floyd (American Politician)

To relax, I work.

-- Christopher Lambert (American Actor)

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

-- William S. Burroughs (American Writer)

The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.

-- Charles Barkley (American Athlete)

And although I like to relax and have fun, my passion is my work.

-- Benjamin Cohen (English Journalist)

I just have to relax before each shot, and let it happen knowing that I've done it a million times before.

-- Jennifer Wyatt (Canadian Athlete)

Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors.

-- Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republican Designer)

The only time I can really relax is up a tree or somewhere outside. I love being outside.

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

The squeeze machine is not going to cure anybody, but it may help them relax; and a relaxed person will usually have better behavior.

-- Temple Grandin (American Educator)

I've learned to relax more. Everybody feels pressure in what they do, maybe mine is just a little different because there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to.

-- Tom Cruise (American Actor)

We should all relax about life because you don't have a clue as to what's really going on.

-- Barry Sonnenfeld (American Producer)

Winning the Outstanding Contribution award is great, because you know you have won in advance. Previously, I have been really nervous during the ceremony because you have no idea if you are going to get called up on stage. This time I could relax and enjoy myself.

-- Tom Jones (Welsh Musician)

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don't you?

-- Ben Hogan (American Athlete)

When I first started out all the attention could be a bit unnerving, especially when people stared. Now I find the best thing is to just relax. Being recognized is just something you have to get used to.

-- Tom Cruise (American Actor)


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