relax - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “relax”

See all translations

relax

verb
 
 
/rɪˈlæks/
PERSON [I, T] B1 to become happy and comfortable because nothing is worrying you, or to make someone do this: I find it difficult to relax. The wine had relaxed him and he began to talk.Calming and relaxing
LESS STIFF [I, T] If a part of your body relaxes, it becomes less stiff, and if you relax it, you make it become less stiff: Try these exercises to relax your neck muscles.Calming and relaxingLiberating, relaxing and releasing
RULES [T] to make laws or rules less severe: The government has recently relaxed laws on bringing animals into Britain.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strongLiberating, relaxing and releasing
relaxation
 
 
/ˌriːlækˈseɪʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of relax from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “relax” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More