Definition of "relax" []

  • To make lax or loose: relax one's grip. (verb-transitive)
  • To make less severe or strict: relax a curfew. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce in intensity; slacken: relax one's efforts. (verb-transitive)
  • To relieve from tension or strain: The warm bath relaxed me. (verb-transitive)
  • To take one's ease; rest. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To take rest or recreation, as from work or effort (verb)
  • To lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished (verb)
  • To make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity (verb)
  • (of a person) to become less formal; unbend (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "relax" in a sentence
  • "The word 'simplify,' the word 'sanctuary,' the word 'relax.'"
  • "For now, Miller's intentions are to keep it in relax mode."
  • "Properly armed, we head for our hotel to read and relax from the long trip."