Meaning of “relax” in the English Dictionary

"relax" in British English

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uk /rɪˈlæks/ 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 your tired muscles.
He relaxed his grip on my arm (= he began to hold it less tightly).

More examples

  • She lay back in the dentist's chair and tried to relax.
  • I was relaxing in the bath, having toiled away in the garden all afternoon.
  • After work, they relaxed by going to the pub.
  • Don't tense your shoulders, just relax.
  • I like to relax with a pipe of an evening.

(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.

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)