Noun of relaxed

Noun of relaxed DEFAULT


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being free of or relieved from tension or anxiety: in a relaxed mood.

not strict; easy; informal: the relaxed rules of the club.



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Origin of relaxed

First recorded in 1630–40; relax + -ed2


re·lax·ed·ly[ri-lak-sid-lee, -lakst-lee], /rɪˈlæk sɪd li, -ˈlækst li/, adverbre·lax·ed·ness,nounun·re·laxed,adjective

Words nearby relaxed

relaxant reversal, relaxation, relaxation oscillator, relaxation suture, relaxation time, relaxed, relaxer, relaxin, relay, relay fast, relay language Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to relaxed

composed, serene, informal, carefree, breezy, nonchalant, calm, easy, laid-back, flexible, tranquil, tolerant, spontaneous, casual, placid, detached, collected, moderate, poised, limp

How to use relaxed in a sentence

  • The number of new cases increased quickly during March and April before peaking in early May and then declining from May to September, even after control measures were relaxed.

    A Brazilian city may have achieved herd immunity to COVID-19—but not without a cost|Kate Baggaley|September 23, 2020|Popular-Science

  • I know people who have reveled in the “The Great Pause,” having found time to get more rest and exercise and feel more relaxed after years of running around from place to place—the enforced break has done wonders for their stress levels.

    Who is looking after the mental health of business leaders?|Siobhan Brunwin|September 22, 2020|Quartz

  • Shanghai’s Nasdaq-style STAR Market, where Ant will list, launched in 2019 with relaxed listing criteria to attract tech firms.

    Another Jack Ma company could break the world’s IPO record. But this time, the U.S. is missing out|Naomi Xu Elegant|September 21, 2020|Fortune

  • The bank has taken a more relaxed approach with those facing child-care issues or pre-existing medical conditions.

    Goldman Sachs sends traders home after positive COVID-19 case in Manhattan office|kdunn6|September 18, 2020|Fortune

  • She was relaxed and smiling, despite having to homeschool her three children while keeping up her research and teaching commitments.

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  • A Charlie Hebdo reporter said that security provision had been relaxed in the last month or so and the police car disappeared.

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  • This is not making the 228,000 residents of Irving, Texas feel very relaxed.

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  • Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.

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  • The drama transfixed the normally calm Sydney, known for its laid-back vibe and relaxed population.

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  • Working here is easy, and at first Hitchcock seems more relaxed than at the studio.

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  • His entire being now relaxed itself; and his physical system found relief in long, deep sighs.

    The Wave|Algernon Blackwood

  • The strong hand relaxed, another moment and the man, slipping round the corner like an unwholesome spirit, was gone.

    The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne

  • For a moment the stranger's face relaxed into a broad smile at the ludicrousness of the situation.

    The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes

  • Queeker fetched a long deep-drawn sigh at this point, the agony of intense composition being for a moment relaxed.

    The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne

  • The mainsprings of the religious, as well as of the political, life of the country were relaxed.

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The noun relaxation describes the act of making something less strict. If your boss announces a relaxation of the company dress code, that means lots of happy people will be wearing jeans to work.

Relaxation carries many shades of meaning. It can describe being free from responsibility, like a relaxation of your usual obligations that comes while you're on vacation. The feeling of rest and peacefulness that can come from this freedom is also called relaxation. It comes from Latin: re- means "again," laxare means "loosen," and the suffix -ation means "the state of." So relaxation is the state of loosening something again.

Definitions of relaxation

  1. noun

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
    synonyms:ease, repose, rest
  2. noun

    a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry
  3. noun

    the act of making less strict
    synonyms:liberalisation, liberalization
  4. noun

    an occurrence of control or strength weakening

    “the relaxation of requirements”

    synonyms:loosening, slackening
  5. noun

    (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
  6. noun

    (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance
    synonyms:relaxation behavior
  7. noun

    a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount
Advanced English Grammar: Noun Clauses


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verb (used with object)

to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.

to diminish the force of.

to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.

to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc.: to relax the requirements for a license.

to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.: A short swim always relaxes me.

verb (used without object)

to become less tense, rigid, or firm.

to become less strict or severe; grow milder.

to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., especially for the sake of rest or recreation.

to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.



We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.

Question 1 of 8

Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?

Origin of relax

1350–1400; Middle English relaxen<Latin relaxāre to stretch out again, loosen, equivalent to re-re- + laxāre to loosen, derivative of laxus slack, lax


re·lax·a·tive,re·lax·a·tory[ri-lak-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /rɪˈlæk səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·lax·er,nouno·ver·re·lax,verbun·re·lax·ing,adjective

Words nearby relax

relativity, relativize, relator, relatum, relaunch, relax, relaxant, relaxant reversal, relaxation, relaxation oscillator, relaxation suture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to relax

unwind, recline, soften, calm, loosen up, sit back, lie down, slow, reduce, ease, relieve, modify, lower, weaken, repose, rest, tranquilize, laze, unbend, unlax

How to use relax in a sentence

  • Things like sitting in a pile of puppies, or trying new foods, or watching films, or even just relaxing with your partner’s arm around your shoulders.

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  • Because the injected muscle can no longer contract, the wrinkles soften and relax.

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  • It’s the perfect setting for relaxing after a day spent exploring the adventure capital of Duluth.

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  • Coffee or lemongrass candles aid alertness, whereas lavender and chamomile candles help relax you.

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  • Hold your arms straight along your body, just off the floor, with your shoulders relaxed and down.

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  • Young Living traffics in essential oils designed to help relax and rejuvenate.

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  • I tried to relax too, but I felt my stomach tighten and I began to sweat.

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  • Libkin found old beds to put in the wild-looking garden around Dacha, so couples in love could relax on them after the meal.

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  • Why won't anyone let Justin Bieber relax and have a good time?!

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  • But as the opening crawl assures, “none of this is canon, so just relax.”

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  • You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts, you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.

    Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou

  • The women at once rose and began to shake out their draperies and relax their muscles.

    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin

  • He braced himself unconsciously, and after Zeal's next words did not relax his body, although his lips turned white and stiff.

    Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton

  • After that, one thing led to another, with the result that I offered to find somewhere else to relax.

    Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe

  • He repairs to it with eagerness, and clings to it with a tenacity that time cannot relax, nor all the agonies of death dissolve.

    The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham

British Dictionary definitions for relax


to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid

(intr)to take rest or recreation, as from work or efforton Sundays, she just relaxes; she relaxes by playing golf

to lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished

to make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity

(intr)(of a person) to become less formal; unbend

Derived forms of relax

relaxable, adjectiverelaxed, adjectiverelaxedly (rɪˈlæksɪdlɪ), adverb

Word Origin for relax

C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for relax


To make or become lax or loose.

To relieve or become relieved from tension or strain.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


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