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:


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'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)

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)

The odds are always against you no matter what your previous history is. You have to overcome the tendency to relax.

-- Tom Osborne (American Politician)

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

-- Ben Hogan (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)

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)

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 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 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 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)

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

-- Eva Green (French 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)

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)

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)

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

-- Felicity Kendal (English Actress)

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

-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)

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

-- Susan Sarandon (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)

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)

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 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 sort of the comic relief after a hard day at work. My message is that it's OK to relax.

-- Larry King (American Entertainer)

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)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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

-- Sydney J. Harris (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)

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

-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)

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

-- Barry Sonnenfeld (American Producer)

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'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 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)

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)

And although I like to relax and have fun, my passion is my work.

-- Benjamin Cohen (English Journalist)


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