Meaning of “relax” in the English Dictionary

"relax" in British English

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(Definition of “relax” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relax" in American English

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relaxverb [ I/T ]

us /rɪˈlæks/

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 ] us /ˌriˌlækˈseɪ·ʃən/

The senator and his family flew to West Palm 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 /rɪˈlæks/ us
relax rules/laws/restrictions, etc.

to make rules, laws, etc. less severe:

(Definition of “relax” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)