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Meaning of “relax” in the English Dictionary

"relax" in British English

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relaxverb

uk   us   /rɪˈlæks/

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 ​yourtiredmuscles. He relaxed his grip on my ​arm (= he ​began to ​hold it less ​tightly).
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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 ​bombattack.
(Definition of relax from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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relaxverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈlæks/
to ​become or ​cause someone to ​becomecalm 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 ​downtownclub where women could relax. [T] This ​exercise will ​help you to relax ​yourneckmuscles. [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]  us   /ˌriˌlækˈseɪ·ʃən/
The ​senator and his ​familyflew to ​WestPalm Beach for ​golf and relaxation.
(Definition of relax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"relax" in Business English

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relaxverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈlæks/
relax rules/laws/restrictions, etc. to make ​rules, ​laws, etc. less severe: The ​government is to relax ​restrictions on ​companies and ​individualsholdingforeigncurrencies.
(Definition of relax from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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