Definition of relax verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    relax

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæks//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relax
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæks//
     
    he / she / it relaxes
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlæksɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæksɪz//
     
    past simple relaxed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlækst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlækst//
     
    past participle relaxed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlækst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlækst//
     
    -ing form relaxing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlæksɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæksɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to rest while you are doing 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. 2  [intransitive, transitive] relax (somebody) to become or make somebody become calmer and less worried I'll only relax when I know you're safe. Relax! Everything will be OK.
  3. 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. 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. 5[transitive] relax something to allow your attention or effort to become weaker You cannot afford to relax your concentration for a moment.
  6. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin relaxare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + laxus ‘lax, loose’.Extra examples He gradually relaxed and began to enjoy himself. He was relaxing on the couch with a book. His severe expression relaxed into a half-smile. Jenna relaxed against the pillows. Julie seems to be relaxing a little now. Just relax and take it easy. Just try to relax completely. She instantly relaxed at the sight of him. She realized how tense she was and consciously relaxed. Use music to help you relax. I’ll only relax when I know you’re safe. I’m going to spend the weekend just relaxing. When I get home from work I like to relax with a glass of wine.
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