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 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)

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)

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)

I never lose that terror of 'this is my last job, I'll never work again.' You can never relax and rely on whatever reputation you've built.

-- Derek Jacobi (British Actor)

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)

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

-- Stirling Moss (British Celebrity)

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)

Some people might say I need to learn how to relax.

-- Taryn Manning (American Actress)

It's great that I get accused of not being politically correct. People need to take themselves less seriously. This world is so screwed up as it is, we've all got to relax a bit more.

-- Michael Bay (American Director)

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

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

I'm relaxed about my career. I've been making movies for over 20 years, so I've earned at least the right to relax.

-- Eddie Murphy (American Comedian)

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

-- Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republican Designer)

I tell you one of the great things about this movie is, with all that's going on around the world right now, it's just good to go to a movie where you don't have to think too hard, just have a good time, and relax and be crazy.

-- Blair Underwood (American 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 travelled around the UK a lot recently and have discovered that I really like trains. If you're in the quiet carriage, nobody can get hold of you and you can relax.

-- Honor Blackman (British Actress)

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

-- Barry Sonnenfeld (American Producer)

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)

To relax, I work.

-- Christopher Lambert (American Actor)

When some people get parts, they feel they can now relax, but for me it was always the opposite. Sometimes before I do a movie or before I act out a scene, I may not sleep well the night before. If I don't know what the scene is about, I might get all worked up.

-- Benicio Del Toro (American Actor)

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

-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)

We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect... but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.

-- Aaron Siskind (American Photographer)

I find it very difficult to relax. I find it increasingly difficult to find outlets for my frustration.

-- Judd Nelson (American Actor)

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)

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

-- Andrew Wiles (English Mathematician)

I'm sort of the comic relief after a hard day at work. My message is that it's OK to relax.

-- Larry King (American Entertainer)

I'm a big movie fan. After a show, if I'm on the bus or a plane, it's often hard to get to sleep, so I'll watch a film. An action film can even relax me.

-- Garth Brooks (American Musician)

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)

I think is very beneficial to relax yourself so that when you are doing it you are not staggering for lines and your concentration is not on what I am going to say - but the scene itself, the character that you are talking to.

-- Dabney Coleman (American Actor)

I figure this is my time - to relax, be with my family and have a normal life.

-- Candace Cameron (American Actress)

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

-- Ben Hogan (American Athlete)

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)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

Now I take the summer off, relax, and I know that at the end of July we're gonna start another season.

-- Jerry Orbach (American Actor)

I can relax in L.A. I think I'm the only person in that town who doesn't want to act. I was an OK singer. I was an OK dancer. But acting? Never could do it.

-- Victoria Beckham (English Musician)

I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them.

-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)


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