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:


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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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

-- Felicity Kendal (English Actress)

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

-- Candace Cameron (American Actress)

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.

-- Ron Wood (British Musician)

I'm supposed to relax and concentrate on the image of myself out there skating my race.

-- Mary Docter (American Athlete)

I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter.

-- Twyla Tharp (American Dancer)

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)

Sure, one can always get the students to relax and be happy - entertained, but although being laid back and relax can also lead to creativity, mostly it means that nothing much gets done.

-- Donald Norman (American Scientist)

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

-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)

Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It's somewhere I can just get away and relax and think.

-- Joe Cocker (English Musician)

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)

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)

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 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)

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

-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)

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

-- Charles Barkley (American Athlete)

I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.

-- Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian Novelist)

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

-- Barry Sonnenfeld (American Producer)

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)

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)

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

-- Taryn Manning (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)

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

-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Judd Nelson (American Actor)

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'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)

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)

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 feel like I've reached an age where I can relax a little bit with the knowledge of what I've been through, take all that experience and use it. I love the challenge of trying to get back to where I've been, and beyond it.

-- Cathy Freeman (Australian Athlete)

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)

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)


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