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Webster 1913 Edition


Relax

Re-lax′

(r?-l?ks′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Relaxed
(-l?kst′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Relaxing
.]
[L.
relaxare
; pref.
re-
re- +
laxare
to loose, to slacken, from
laxus
loose. See
Lax
, and cf.
Relay
,
Noun.
,
Release
.]
1.
To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open;
as, to
relax
a rope or cord; to
relax
the muscles or sinews.
Horror . . . all his joints
relaxed
.
Milton.
Nor served it to
relax
their serried files.
Milton.
2.
To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort;
as, to
relax
discipline; to
relax
one’s attention or endeavors.
The statute of mortmain was at several times
relaxed
by the legislature.
Swift.
3.
Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert;
as, amusement
relaxes
the mind
.
4.
To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open;
as, an aperient
relaxes
the bowels
.
Syn. – To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease; unbend; divert.

Re-lax′

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To become lax, weak, or loose;
as, to let one's grasp
relax
.
His knees
relax
with toil.
Pope.
2.
To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
In others she
relaxed
again,
And governed with a looser rein.
Prior.
3.
To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend;
as, to
relax
in study
.

Re-lax′

,
Noun.
Relaxation.
[Obs.]
Feltham.

Re--lax′

,
Adj.
Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.

Webster 1828 Edition


Relax

RELAX'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. relaxo; re and laxo, to slacken.]
1.
To slacken; to make less tense or rigid; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews; to relax the reins in riding.
2.
To loosen; to make less close or firm; as, to relax the joints.
3.
To make less severe or rigorous; to remit or abate in strictness; as, to relax a law or rule of justice; to relax a demand.
4.
To remit or abate in attention, assiduity or labor; as, to relax study; to relax exertions or efforts.
5.
To unbend; to ease; to relieve from close attention; as, conversation relaxes the student or the mind.
6.
To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, medicines relax the bowels.
7.
To open; to loose.
8.
To make languid.

RELAX'

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To abate in severity; to become more mild or less rigorous.
In others she relax'd again, and govern'd with a looser rein.
2.
To remit in close attention. It is useful for the student to relax often, and give himself to exercise and amusements.

RELAX'

,
Noun.
Relaxation. [Not used.]

Definition 2023


relax

relax

English

Verb

relax (third-person singular simple present relaxes, present participle relaxing, simple past and past participle relaxed)

  1. (transitive) To calm down.
  2. (transitive) To make something loose.
    to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews
    • Milton
      Horror [] all his joints relaxed.
  3. (intransitive) To become loose.
  4. (transitive) To make something less severe or tense.
    to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavours
  5. (intransitive) To become less severe or tense.
  6. (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."
  7. (intransitive, of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.
  8. (transitive) To relieve (something) from stress.
    Amusement relaxes the mind.
  9. (transitive, dated) To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open.
    An aperient relaxes the bowels.

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Italian

Noun

relax m (invariable)

  1. relaxation (mental or physical)

Spanish

Noun

relax m (uncountable)

  1. relaxation