1. [ verb ] become less tense
Synonyms: loosen_up unbend unwind decompress slow_down make_relaxed unstrain unlax

"He relaxed in the hot tub"

Related terms: tense tense change_state affect sit_back unbend vege_out relaxer relaxant decompress
2. [ verb ] become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
Synonyms: loosen_up slow_down unbend unwind decompress

"He relaxed in the hot tub" "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"

Related terms: change_state sit_back vege_out relaxation
3. [ verb ] make less tight
Synonyms: unbend

"relax the tension on the rope"

Related terms: loosen unbrace relaxation
4. [ verb ] become loose or looser or less tight
Synonyms: loose loosen

"The noose loosened" "the rope relaxed"

Related terms: stiffen weaken relaxation
5. [ verb ] cause to feel relaxed
Synonyms: unlax loosen_up unwind make_relaxed unstrain

"A hot bath always relaxes me"

Related terms: tense tense affect unbend
6. [ verb ] make less severe or strict
Synonyms: loosen

"The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

Related terms: change loosen
7. [ verb ] become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner
Synonyms: loosen_up

"our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"

Related terms: act easiness
8. [ verb ] become less severe or strict
Synonyms: loosen

"The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

Related terms: change loosen liberalization
9. [ verb ] make less active or fast
Synonyms: slacken slack_up slack

"He slackened his pace as he got tired" "Don't relax your efforts now"

Related terms: decrease relaxation
10. [ verb ] become less tight
Synonyms: loose

"the rope relaxed"

Related terms: loosen
Similar spelling:   Reels