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:


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

-- Taryn Manning (American Actress)

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

-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.

-- Ron Wood (British 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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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

-- William S. Burroughs (American Writer)

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 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)

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

-- Candace Cameron (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Charles Barkley (American Athlete)

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)

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

-- Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist)

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)

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

-- Judd Nelson (American Actor)

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 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)

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

-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)

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 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 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)

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)

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)

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

-- William Floyd (American Politician)

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

-- Mary Docter (American Athlete)


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