Definitions for relax
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word relax.
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"
make less taut
"relax the tension on the rope"
loosen, relax, looseverb
become loose or looser or less tight
"The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxedverb
cause to feel relaxed
"A hot bath always relaxes me"
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"
make less severe or strict
"The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
become less severe or strict
"The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
slack, slacken, slack up, relaxverb
make less active or fast
"He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
To make something loose.
To become loose.
To make something less severe or tense.
To become less severe or tense.
To become more lenient.
To relieve (something) from stress.
Etymology: From relaxer, from relaxare, from re- + laxare, from laxus.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
REgular LAnguage description for XML (RELAX) is a specification for describing XML-based languages. A description written in RELAX is called a RELAX grammar. RELAX Core has been approved as an ISO/IEC Technical Report 22250-1 in 2002 (ISO/IEC TR 22250-1:2002). It was developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 (ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34 - Document description and processing languages).RELAX was designed by Murata Makoto. In 2001, an XML schema language RELAX NG was created by unifying of RELAX Core and James Clark's TREX. It was published as ISO/IEC 19757-2 in 2003.
To relax generally means to become less tense, anxious, or stressed. It involves releasing or decreasing tension and allowing oneself to rest or engage in leisure activities. It can also refer to making rules, restrictions, or laws less strict or severe.
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
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
hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind
to relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels
to become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax
to abate in severity; to become less rigorous
to remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study
relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless
"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
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, -ātum—re-, away from, laxāre, to loosen—laxus, loose.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'relax' in Verbs Frequency: #534
The numerical value of relax in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of relax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
I think this is my best chance because there's only one of them in the car and the doors are unlocked, it was the most difficult decision of my life. I asked Tamerlan before,' Are you going to kill me tonight ?' He told me,' I'm not going to kill you. Just relax, man.'.
Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.
But China's case is a bit different, if you look at the last six years, firms have leveraged up quite a lot, previously bank loans were at quite high interest rates. If China can relax monetary policy further, firms could have a great incentive to borrow at a lower rate, and use them to pay off high-yield debt. Merely doing so will alleviate firms' financial burdens and also the risk of default.
I think we're losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves. I don't care whether it's ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or whose ox is being gored.
Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.
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Translations for relax
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- afluixar, relaxarCatalan, Valencian
- slappe af, falde til roDanish
- entspannen, lockernGerman
- relájese, reposar, relajar, aflojarSpanish
- rauhoittua, löysentää, rentoutua, höllentää, höllentyä, hölletä, relataFinnish
- détendre, se détendre, détendez-vous, relâcherFrench
- आराम करेंHindi
- laxigar, laxeskarIdo
- 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
- 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
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