- (transitive) To calm down.
- (transitive) To make something loose.
to relax a rope or cord
to relax the muscles or sinews
- Horror […] all his joints relaxed.
- (intransitive) To become loose.
- (transitive) To make something less severe or tense.
to relax discipline
to relax one's attention or endeavours
- (intransitive) To become less severe or tense.
- (transitive) To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.
- Jonathan Swift
- The stature of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature.
1953, Edward Corwin, “Section 2. Jurisdiction”, in The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, page 589:
- The Court rejected the contention that the doctrine of sovereign immunity should be relaxed as inapplicable to suits for specific relief as distinguished from damage suits, saying: "The Government, as representative of the community as a whole, cannot be stopped in its tracks by any plaintiff who presents a disputed question of property or contract right."
- Jonathan Swift
- (intransitive, of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.
- (transitive) To relieve (something) from stress.
Amusement relaxes the mind.
- (transitive, dated) To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open.
An aperient relaxes the bowels.
to calm down
to make something loose
to become loose
to make something less severe or tense
to become less severe or tense
to make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient
to become more lenient
to relieve (something) from stress
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Translations to be checked
relax m (invariable)
- relaxation (mental or physical)
relax m (uncountable)