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 down(verb)

    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, unbend(verb)

    make less taut

    "relax the tension on the rope"

  3. loosen, relax, loose(verb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

  4. relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed(verb)

    cause to feel relaxed

    "A hot bath always relaxes me"

  5. relax, loosen up(verb)

    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, loosen(verb)

    make less severe or strict

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

  7. relax, loosen(verb)

    become less severe or strict

    "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

  8. slack, slacken, slack up, relax(verb)

    make less active or fast

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

Wiktionary

  1. relax(Verb)

    To make something loose.

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

  2. relax(Verb)

    To become loose.

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

  3. relax(Verb)

    To make something less severe or tense.

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

  4. relax(Verb)

    To become less severe or tense.

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

  5. relax(Verb)

    To become more lenient.

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

  6. relax(Verb)

    To relieve (something) from stress.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relax(noun)

    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. Relax(noun)

    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. Relax(noun)

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

  4. Relax(noun)

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

  5. Relax(verb)

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

  6. Relax(verb)

    to abate in severity; to become less rigorous

  7. Relax(verb)

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

  8. Relax(noun)

    relaxation

  9. Relax(adj)

    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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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce relax?

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How to say relax in sign language?

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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. Anuj Somany:

    If so-called celebrity had been paying so much tax as being shown through their publicity, then perhaps the majority of the salaried class population could easily relieve and relax of their IT burden.

  2. The Omani shed:

    When you want something desperately, you smother the chance for it to come to you. Relax; focus on life as it is in the here and now, then all will come to you before you know it!

  3. Alyssia Saporito:

    Its not like traditional yoga, which is perfectly fine because its therapeutic in its own way, you know you just get to come and relax. You get to play with puppies.I always tell the students, dont listen to me, have fun and take pictures. There are no rules. Just have fun.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Most times, you do feel or think that God is hard/harsh on you. But, that's a mistaken feeling and misconception. Because, God has never been hard or harsh on you or anyone else. Yes! the truth of the matter is this, God loves you too much or earnestly. Now, that's why he left you the way you are presently. Take this from me, although you may be feeling uncomfortable currently. Never mind, for you are nothing but a divine project in God's hands. I mean, you are a work in progress in God's hands. Therefore, just relax and never complain. For, sooner or later, he (God) will be through or done with you. And until he's through or done with you. That's just the moment you will surely realize that you are really a divine project or work in progress in his (God's) hands. Oh! yes, I strongly do believe that I'm a work in progress in God's hands. You too may or may not believe that anyway.

  5. Aaron Jhinkoo:

    Don’t rush traffic, take your time and relax. -Aaron Jhinkoo

Images & Illustrations of relax

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Translations for relax

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  • استرخىArabic
  • relaxar, afluixarCatalan, Valencian
  • uvolnitCzech
  • slappe af, falde til roDanish
  • entspannen, lockernGerman
  • reposar, relajar, aflojar, relájeseSpanish
  • rauhoittua, relata, höllentää, löysentää, rentoutua, höllentyä, hölletäFinnish
  • se détendre, détendre, relâcher, détendez-vousFrench
  • relaxarGalician
  • आराम करेंHindi
  • laxigar, laxeskarIdo
  • relaxItalian
  • תירגעHebrew
  • くつろぐ, 落ち着かせる, 緊張を解く, 落ち着く, 緩和する, 緩める, 和らげる, くつろがせる, ほっとするJapanese
  • 편하게 하다Korean
  • relaxō, relaxatLatin
  • whakatakupeMāori
  • losmaken, ontspannenDutch
  • slappe avNorwegian
  • relaxar, afrouxar, soltarPortuguese
  • relaxa, destinde, desfaceRomanian
  • ослабить, расслабляться, распускаться, смягчать, смягчить, смягчиться, расслаблять, расслабить, распускать, распустить, расслабиться, ослаблять, распуститься, смягчатьсяRussian
  • koppla avSwedish
  • 放鬆Chinese

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