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English definition of “relax”

relax

verb uk   /rɪˈlæks/ us  

relax verb (PERSON)

B1 [I or T] to (cause someone to) become less active and more calm and happy, or to (cause a part of the body to) become less stiff: After work she relaxed with a cup of tea and the newspaper. A good massage will relax your tired muscles. He relaxed his grip on my arm (= he began to hold it less tightly).

relax verb (RULE)

[T] to make a rule or control less severe: Two weeks after the police relaxed security at the airports, there was a bomb attack.
(Definition of relax from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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