1. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

- He relaxed in the hot tub

- Let's all relax after a hard day's work

Similar word(s): decompress, unbend, unwind

Definition categories: body, turn

2. make less taut

- relax the tension on the rope

Similar word(s): unbend

Definition categories: change, loose, loosen

3. become loose or looser or less tight

- the rope relaxed

Similar word(s): loose, loosen

Definition categories: change, weaken

4. cause to feel relaxed

- A hot bath always relaxes me

Similar word(s): unlax, unstrain, unwind

Definition categories: body, affect

5. become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner

- our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group

Definition categories: social, act, behave, do

6. make less severe or strict

- The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught

Similar word(s): loosen

Definition categories: social, alter, change, modify

7. become less severe or strict

- The rules relaxed after the new director arrived

Similar word(s): loosen

Definition categories: social, change

8. make less active or fast

- Don't relax your efforts now

Similar word(s): slack, slacken

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

Sentences with relax as a verb:

- to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews

- to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavours

- 1953, Edward Corwin, “Section 2. Jurisdiction”, in The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation[1], 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

- Amusement relaxes the mind.

- An aperient relaxes the bowels.