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.

  2. relax(Verb)

    To become loose.

  3. relax(Verb)

    To make something less severe or tense.

  4. relax(Verb)

    To become less severe or tense.

  5. relax(Verb)

    To become more lenient.

  6. relax(Verb)

    To relieve (something) from stress.

  7. Origin: 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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Relax

    Make or become less tense or anxious.

    He chose to relax in the bath whilst his wife chose to relax whilst sitting in the garden listening to the birds singing.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on May 3, 2015  
  2. relax

    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 MC Harmonious on June 7, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce relax?

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    Karen
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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. Timothy Caulfield:

    Relax, you don’t have to be a rock star.

  2. Andrew Holzman:

    Alcohol causes your blood vessels to relax.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    To get rid of stress, be yourself and relax.

  4. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    The next couple of days, you just kind of relax.

  5. Sydney J. Harris:

    The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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