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.

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

  2. relaxverb

    To become loose.

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

  3. relaxverb

    To make something less severe or tense.

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

  4. relaxverb

    To become less severe or tense.

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

  5. relaxverb

    To become more lenient.

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

  6. relaxverb

    To relieve (something) from stress.

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

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. Emeasoba George:

    Self-freedom is simply not letting your yesterday or past affect your today and tomorrow. However, avail yourself the freedom from anything that has been holding you back in order to embrace the future ahead of you. Listen up, you are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Besides, every experience of life is part of God's plans for your life. Although some experiences may be unfavorable sometimes, anyway relax and never worry. For, the end justifies the means.

  2. Samuel Dagogo-Jack:

    For example, we ca n’t check blood sugar noninvasively, we have to stick the patient’s finger or draw blood from a vein. So when in hospice, we relax the goals of treatment and we also make the decision of what is rational as far as the frequency in testing blood sugar levels. We have to practice the principle of doing no harm and maximizing the comfort of the patient.

  3. Daniel Murphy:

    Once they go up one, with the way he's throwing the ball over there, you like to think you're going to get one, but for Lucas to have that at-bat right there, bang one and get it back real fast for is, it kind of let us (relax) as an offense.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    Relax, nothing is in your control, as the collective destiny unfolds. Release all handles and flow with ease, let stress and tensions neutralize, MickeyMize. Share this for order, balance and harmony.

  5. Volodymyr Zelenskiy:

    I would like to say 'thank you' to all the Ukrainians who did not vote just for fun, it is only the beginning, we will not relax.

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Translations for relax

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  • استرخىArabic
  • relaxar, afluixarCatalan, Valencian
  • uvolnitCzech
  • slappe af, falde til roDanish
  • entspannen, lockernGerman
  • χαλαρώστεGreek
  • 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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