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relax (rɪˈlæks)
1.  to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid
2.  (intr) to take rest or recreation, as from work or effort: on Sundays, she just relaxes; she relaxes by playing golf
3.  to lessen the force of (effort, concentration, etc) or (of effort) to become diminished
4.  to make (rules or discipline) less rigid or strict or (of rules, etc) to diminish in severity
5.  (intr) (of a person) to become less formal; unbend
[C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax]

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