W3S3 [rıˈlæks] v
2¦(become calm)¦
5 relax your hold/grip
6 relax your concentration/vigilance etc
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: relaxare 'to loosen', from laxus 'loose']
1.) ¦(REST)¦ [I and T]
to rest or do something that is enjoyable, especially after you have been working
I just want to sit down and relax.
What Robyn needed was a drink to relax her.
A hot bath should help to relax you.
2.) ¦(BECOME CALM)¦ [I and T]
to become quiet and calm after you have been upset or nervous, or to make someone do this
Once out of danger, he started to relax.
Relax! Everything's fine.
3.) ¦(MUSCLE)¦ [I and T]
if you relax a part of your body or it relaxes, it becomes less stiff or less tight
Gentle exercise can relax stiff shoulder muscles.
4.) ¦(RULES/LAWS)¦ [T]
to make a rule or law less strict
relax rules/regulations/controls
Hughes believes that immigration controls should not be relaxed.
5.) relax your hold/grip
a) to hold something less tightly than before
relax your hold/grip on
He relaxed his grip on my arm.
b) to become less strict in the way you control something
relax your hold/grip on
The party has no intention of relaxing its hold on the country.
6.) relax your concentration/vigilance etc
to reduce the amount of attention you give to something

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