- 1[intransitive] to rest and do something enjoyable, especially after work or effort synonym unwind Just relax and enjoy the movie. I'm going to spend the weekend just relaxing. relax with something When I get home from work I like to relax with the newspaper.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] relax (somebody) to become or make someone become calmer and less worried I'll only relax when I know you're safe. Relax! Everything will be OK.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something become less tight or stiff Allow your muscles to relax completely. relax something The massage relaxed my tense back muscles. He relaxed his grip on her arm. (figurative) The dictator refuses to relax his grip on power.
- 4[transitive] relax something to allow rules, laws, etc. to become less strict The council has relaxed the ban on dogs in city parks.
- 5[transitive] relax something to allow your attention or effort to become weaker You cannot afford to relax your concentration for a moment.
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NAmE//rɪˈlæks//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relax
he / she / it relaxes
past simple relaxed
-ing form relaxing