[ ri-laks ]
/ rɪˈlæks /
verb (used with object)
to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.
to diminish the force of.
to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.
to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc.: to relax the requirements for a license.
to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.: A short swim always relaxes me.
verb (used without object)
to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
to become less strict or severe; grow milder.
to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., especially for the sake of rest or recreation.
to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.
Words nearby relax
Origin of relax
SYNONYMS FOR relax
OTHER WORDS FROM relaxre·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
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Your collecting box, if a zinc one, may also be used as a relaxer.Butterflies and Moths|William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for relaxer (1 of 2)
/ (rɪˈlæksə) /
a person or thing that relaxes, esp a substance used to straighten curly hair
British Dictionary definitions for relaxer (2 of 2)
/ (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 of relaxrelaxable, adjectiverelaxed, adjectiverelaxedly (rɪˈlæksɪdlɪ), adverb
Word Origin for relax
C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax
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Medical definitions for relaxer
[ rĭ-lăks′ ]
To make or become lax or loose.
To relieve or become relieved from tension or strain.
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