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relaxed

[ri-lakst] /rɪˈlækst/
adjective
1.
being free of or relieved from tension or anxiety:
in a relaxed mood.
2.
not strict; easy; informal:
the relaxed rules of the club.
Origin of relaxed
1630-1640
1630-40; relax + -ed2
Related forms
relaxedly
[ri-lak-sid-lee, -lakst-lee] /rɪˈlæk sɪd li, -ˈlækst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
relaxedness, noun
unrelaxed, adjective

relax

[ri-laks] /rɪˈlæks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax:
to relax the muscles.
2.
to diminish the force of.
3.
to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.
4.
to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc.:
to relax the requirements for a license.
5.
to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.:
A short swim always relaxes me.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
7.
to become less strict or severe; grow milder.
8.
to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., especially for the sake of rest or recreation.
9.
to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English relaxen < Latin relaxāre to stretch out again, loosen, equivalent to re- re- + laxāre to loosen, derivative of laxus slack, lax
Related forms
relaxative, relaxatory
[ri-lak-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈlæk səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
relaxer, noun
overrelax, verb
unrelaxing, adjective
Synonyms
1, 6. loosen, slacken. 2. mitigate, weaken, lessen, reduce. 4. ease. 6. unbend. 7. relent, soften.
Antonyms
1, 6. tighten, tense.
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Examples from the Web for relaxed
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  • The anger had ebbed from Dan's brain, although his attitude had not relaxed.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • After a few moments' silence, it had relaxed into its usual weak condition.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The lines of the face were relaxed, and Raymond was sleeping peacefully.

    The Boy Artist. F.M. S.
  • Suddenly I relaxed my hold, for I was afraid of hurting her now.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He relaxed his hold on her, and sank back in his chair with a sigh.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for relaxed

relax

/rɪˈlæks/
verb
1.
to make (muscles, a grip, etc) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc) to become looser or less rigid
2.
(intransitive) 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.
(intransitive) (of a person) to become less formal; unbend
Derived Forms
relaxable, adjective
relaxed, adjective
relaxedly (rɪˈlæksɪdlɪ) adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin relaxāre to loosen, from re- + laxāre to loosen, from laxus loose, lax
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Word Origin and History for relaxed

relax

v.

late 14c., "to make (something) less compact or dense," from Old French relaschier "set free; soften; reduce" (14c.), from Latin relaxare "relax, loosen, open, stretch out, widen again; make loose," from re- "back" (see re-) + laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Of persons, "to become less formal," from 1837. Meaning "decrease tension" is from early 15c.; intransitive sense of "to become less tense" is recorded from 1935. Related: Relaxed; relaxing.

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relaxed in Medicine

relax re·lax (rĭ-lāks')
v. re·laxed, re·lax·ing, re·lax·es

  1. To make or become lax or loose.

  2. To relieve or become relieved from tension or strain.

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