verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of relax
Examples from the Web for relaxing
The rest of the time he generally has staycations, relaxing at home.
It also includes unique coping methods, such as voice-recorded mindfulness and relaxation exercises, or relaxing music.
Something in her wiring has taught her that relaxing her defenses is dangerous.
Instead of medicine, doctors prefer to treat their patients with a comforting chat in relaxing atmosphere.
He was reportedly chatting with the oligarch about relaxing E.U. aluminum tariffs.
In spite of his bantering tone the young inventor was pleased that his father was relaxing in a friendly game.Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope|Victor Appleton
Alfred's fixed stare was relaxing and at last Jimmy could breathe.Baby Mine|Margaret Mayo
The Delsarte relaxing exercises precede and prepare the way for-381- all others.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
Despair gave her strength; she clutched at the door; but she felt her strength failing her—her grasp was relaxing.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
But if he is correct in his surmise, I am much beholden to the relaxing influences of the night.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for relaxing
Word Origin for relax
Word Origin and History for relaxing
late 14c., "to make (something) less compact or dense," from Old French relaschier "set free; soften; reduce" (14c.), from Latin relaxare "relax, loosen, open, stretch out, widen again; make loose," from re- "back" (see re-) + laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Of persons, "to become less formal," from 1837. Meaning "decrease tension" is from early 15c.; intransitive sense of "to become less tense" is recorded from 1935. Related: Relaxed; relaxing.