What does relax mean?

Definitions for relax
rɪˈlæksre·lax

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relax.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow downverb

    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"

  2. relax, unbendverb

    make less taut

    "relax the tension on the rope"

  3. loosen, relax, looseverb

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

  4. relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxedverb

    cause to feel relaxed

    "A hot bath always relaxes me"

  5. relax, loosen upverb

    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"

  6. relax, loosenverb

    make less severe or strict

    "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

  7. relax, loosenverb

    become less severe or strict

    "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

  8. slack, slacken, slack up, relaxverb

    make less active or fast

    "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"

Wiktionary

  1. relaxverb

    To make something loose.

  2. relaxverb

    To become loose.

  3. relaxverb

    To make something less severe or tense.

  4. relaxverb

    To become less severe or tense.

  5. relaxverb

    To become more lenient.

  6. relaxverb

    To relieve (something) from stress.

  7. Etymology: From relaxer, from relaxare, from re- + laxare, from laxus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RELAXverb

    Etymology: relaxo, Lat.

    The sinews, when the southern wind bloweth, are more relax. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor praise relax, nor difficulty fright. Vanity of Wishes.

    It serv’d not to relax their serried files. John Milton.

  2. To Relaxverb

    To be mild; to be remiss; to be not rigorous.

    If in some regards she chose
    To curb poor Paulo in too close;
    In others she relax’d again,
    And govern’d with a looser rein. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relaxnoun

    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

  2. Relaxnoun

    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

  3. Relaxnoun

    hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind

  4. Relaxnoun

    to relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels

  5. Relaxverb

    to become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax

  6. Relaxverb

    to abate in severity; to become less rigorous

  7. Relaxverb

    to remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study

  8. Relaxnoun

    relaxation

  9. Relaxadjective

    relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless

Freebase

  1. Relax

    "Relax" is the debut single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in the UK by ZTT Records in 1983. The song was later included on the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. Although fairly inauspicious upon initial release, "Relax" finally reached number one on the UK singles chart on 24 January 1984, ultimately becoming one of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the entire decade. The single eventually sold a reported 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in UK singles chart history. Following the release of the group's second single, "Two Tribes", "Relax" rallied from a declining UK chart position during June 1984 to climb back up the UK charts and re-attain number-two spot behind "Two Tribes" at number one, representing simultaneous chart success by a single act unprecedented since the early 1960s. Upon release in the United States in late 1984, "Relax" repeated its slow UK progress, reaching number 67 upon initial release, but eventually reaching number 10 in March 1985. The song won Best British Single at the 1985 Brit Awards. The song was used in the films Body Double, Police Academy, Gotcha!, Bony a klid, Zoolander and The Proposal. It was featured in an episode of Miami Vice, and in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Saints Row: The Third, and a 2009 television advertisement for Virgin Atlantic, marking 25 years since the company's foundation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relax

    rē-laks′, v.t. to loosen one thing away from another: to slacken: to make less close, tense, or rigid: to make less severe: to relieve from attention or effort: to divert: to open or loosen, as the bowels: to make languid.—v.i. to become less close: to become less severe: to attend less.—adj. Relax′able.—ns. Relax′ant, a relaxing medicine; Relaxā′tion, act of relaxing: state of being relaxed: remission of application: unbending: looseness.—adj. Relax′ative. [Fr.,—L. relaxāre, -ātumre-, away from, laxāre, to loosen—laxus, loose.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relax' in Verbs Frequency: #534

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relax in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of relax in a Sentence

  1. Monica Stott:

    The lounges have great food, wifi, magazines and newspapers, games rooms for kids, beauticians, showers and comfortable places to relax until your flight. It's much nicer than waiting in the main terminal and I'd usually spend that much on food, drinks and magazines anyway.

  2. Christopher Murray:

    The trajectory of the pandemic will change – and dramatically for the worse – if people ease up on social distancing or relax with other precautions.

  3. Joanna Chesley:

    This election has everyone on edge and my shirt was only meant to make people laugh and relax, and for many it did.

  4. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    We are flattening the curve by what we're doing and we're flattening the curve so far, you can't relax. The flattening of the curve last night happened because of what we did yesterday.

  5. Gordana Biernat:

    Explore your truths. Trust what you find. Don't take anything personally. Release. Let go. Always go with your flow. Relax. Enjoy more.

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  • استرخىArabic
  • afluixar, relaxarCatalan, Valencian
  • uvolnitCzech
  • slappe af, falde til roDanish
  • entspannen, lockernGerman
  • χαλαρώστεGreek
  • malstreĉiĝiEsperanto
  • relájese, reposar, relajar, aflojarSpanish
  • rauhoittua, löysentää, rentoutua, höllentää, höllentyä, hölletä, relataFinnish
  • détendre, se détendre, détendez-vous, relâcherFrench
  • relaxarGalician
  • आराम करेंHindi
  • laxigar, laxeskarIdo
  • relaxItalian
  • תירגעHebrew
  • くつろがせる, ほっとする, 和らげる, 緩める, 緩和する, 落ち着く, 緊張を解く, 落ち着かせる, くつろぐJapanese
  • 편하게 하다Korean
  • relaxat, relaxōLatin
  • whakatakupeMāori
  • losmaken, ontspannenDutch
  • slappe avNorwegian
  • relaxar, afrouxar, soltarPortuguese
  • relaxa, desface, destindeRomanian
  • смягчаться, смягчиться, распуститься, ослаблять, расслабиться, распустить, распускать, расслабить, расслаблять, смягчить, смягчать, распускаться, расслабляться, ослабитьRussian
  • koppla avSwedish
  • 放鬆Chinese

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