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:


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)

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

-- Eva Green (French Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Taryn Manning (American Actress)

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 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'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 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)

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 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)

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)

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

-- Benjamin Cohen (English Journalist)

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)

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)

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

-- Mary Decker Slaney ( -)

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)

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)

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

-- Felicity Kendal (English 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)

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

-- Tom Osborne (American Politician)

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.

-- Ron Wood (British Musician)

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

-- Susan Sarandon (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Carole Lombard (American Actress)

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 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)

He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yeah, that I was in town because I'd won this contest. He said, okay, then he was gonna play me his hit, and started singing 'When it's time to relax, one beer stands clear... '

-- Arthur Godfrey (American Entertainer)

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)

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)


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