[ ri-lakst ]
/ rɪˈlækst /


being free of or relieved from tension or anxiety: in a relaxed mood.
not strict; easy; informal: the relaxed rules of the club.

Origin of relaxed

First recorded in 1630–40; relax + -ed2

Related forms

re·lax·ed·ly [ri-lak-sid-lee, -lakst-lee] /rɪˈlæk sɪd li, -ˈlækst li/, adverbre·lax·ed·ness, nounun·re·laxed, adjective

Definition for relaxed (2 of 2)


[ ri-laks ]
/ rɪˈlæks /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of relax

1350–1400; Middle English relaxen < Latin relaxāre to stretch out again, loosen, equivalent to re- re- + laxāre to loosen, derivative of laxus slack, lax

Related forms

re·lax·a·tive, re·lax·a·tory [ri-lak-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈlæk səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·lax·er, nouno·ver·re·lax, verbun·re·lax·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for relaxed


/ (rɪˈlæks) /


to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid
(intr) to take rest or recreation, as from work or efforton Sundays, she just relaxes; she relaxes by playing golf
to lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished
to make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity
(intr) (of a person) to become less formal; unbend

Derived Forms

relaxable, adjectiverelaxed, adjectiverelaxedly (rɪˈlæksɪdlɪ), adverb

Word Origin for relax

C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for relaxed


[ rĭ-lăks ]


To make or become lax or loose.
To relieve or become relieved from tension or strain.
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