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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I think all jocks have a sensitive side. It's just, will they show it to anybody? Will they let their guard down and stop being tough and the cool jock guy around their friends, or just relax? I don't know if it's best to say opening up, but just relax and really say what you're actually thinking, and not what you think people want to hear.

-- Channing Tatum (American Actor)

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

-- William Floyd (American Politician)

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)

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)

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 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)

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'll be 65 in September and I work as much as I want to, take cruises with Kay, relax with my family, do everything in moderation, because I want to enjoy my life.

-- Frankie Avalon (American Actor)

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

-- Felicity Kendal (English Actress)

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.

-- Ron Wood (British Musician)

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)

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

-- Judd Nelson (American Actor)

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

-- Ben Hogan (American Athlete)

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

-- Stirling Moss (British Celebrity)

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

-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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 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 was working straight for nine months and I'm exhausted. I'm ready to relax for a little while and read. I don't want to work for work sake; I have to be excited about it.

-- Sanaa Lathan (American Actress)

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

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

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)

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

-- Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republican Designer)

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Joe Cocker (English 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)

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)


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