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:


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

-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)

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

-- Eva Green (French Actress)

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

-- Charles Barkley (American Athlete)

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)

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)

To relax, I work.

-- Christopher Lambert (American Actor)

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

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

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)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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

-- Mary Docter (American Athlete)

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)

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

-- Ben Hogan (American Athlete)

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)

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 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)

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 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 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'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)

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)

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)

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'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 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)

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

-- William S. Burroughs (American Writer)

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)

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 love to go to Ireland just to relax.

-- Ron Wood (British Musician)

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

-- Candace Cameron (American Actress)

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)

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)

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

-- Andrew Wiles (English Mathematician)


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