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relax

verb [I/T]  /rɪˈlæks/ us  
to become or cause someone to become calm and comfortable, and not worried or nervous, or to become or cause a muscle or the body to become less tight: [I] She saw a need for a downtown club where women could relax. [T] This exercise will help you to relax your neck muscles. [T] He relaxed his grip on my arm (= held it less tightly). When rules or controls are relaxed, they are made less severe.
relaxation
noun [U]  /ˌriˌlækˈseɪ·ʃən/ us  
The senator and his family flew to West Palm Beach for golf and relaxation.
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