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.
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
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;
Re*lax", v. i.
1. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp
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.
Relaxation. [Obs.] --Feltham.
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 love to go to Ireland just to relax. -- Ron Wood (British Musician)
I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them.-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)
Relax, Georgie, I'm just making my collar and cuffs match.-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)
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)
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)
I can tell jokes. I can talk to the audience. I can relax. I can change my songs whenever I want. I can change the tempos. I can change the mood, because I'm in charge.-- Robert Goulet (American Musician)
I figure this is my time - to relax, be with my family and have a normal life.-- Candace Cameron (American Actress)
Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate.-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)
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)
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)
Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self.-- Barbara Walters (American Journalist)
The one thing you can't do when you're highly ranked is relax. -- William Floyd (American Politician)
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)
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 you have to relax about aging. What else can you do?-- Felicity Kendal (English 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)
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)
It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.-- Dan Simmons (American Author)
One of the things I was so glad that happened to me on Knots was that I learned to relax. -- Ted Shackelford (American Actor)
I find it very difficult to relax. I find it increasingly difficult to find outlets for my frustration.-- Judd Nelson (American Actor)
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)
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)
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.-- Alan Watts (English Philosopher)
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)
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)
To relax, I work.-- Christopher Lambert (American Actor)
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.-- Joe Cocker (English Musician)
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)
The only way I could relax was when I was with my children.-- Andrew Wiles (English Mathematician)
The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.-- Charles Barkley (American Athlete)
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)
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.-- Robert A. Heinlein (American Writer)
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)
It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.-- Stirling Moss (British Celebrity)
To look back is to relax one's vigil.-- Bette Davis (American Actress)
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