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"
make less taut
"relax the tension on the rope"
loosen, relax, loose(verb)
become loose or looser or less tight
"The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed(verb)
cause to feel relaxed
"A hot bath always relaxes me"
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"
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, relax(verb)
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.
Origin: From relaxer, from relaxare, from re- + laxare, from laxus.
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.]
To do something you enjoy to feel peace in your body, mind or soul.
My brother likes to do yoga with his friends to relax, my sister likes to meditate to relax and my mother loves to have a bath and listen to peaceful music to relax.Submitted by MaryC on June 7, 2016
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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
Examples of relax in a Sentence
Relax, you don’t have to be a rock star.
Alcohol causes your blood vessels to relax.
To get rid of stress, be yourself and relax.
The next couple of days, you just kind of relax.
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
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- relaxar, afluixarCatalan, Valencian
- slappe af, falde til roDanish
- entspannen, lockernGerman
- reposar, relajar, aflojar, relájeseSpanish
- rauhoittua, relata, höllentää, löysentää, rentoutua, höllentyä, hölletäFinnish
- se détendre, détendre, relâcher, détendez-vousFrench
- आराम करेंHindi
- laxigar, laxeskarIdo
- 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
- 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
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