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English verb: relax

1. relax (body) become less tense, rest, or take one's ease


SamplesHe relaxed in the hot tub.
Let's all relax after a hard day's work.


ExamplesSam and Sue relax


Synonymsdecompress, loosen up, slow down, unbend, unwind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)sit back, take it easy, vege out, vegetate


Antonymstense up, tense

2. relax (change) make less taut


SamplesRelax the tension on the rope.


Synonymsunbend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)loose, loosen


Narrower (hyponym)unbrace

3. relax (change) become loose or looser or less tight


SamplesThe noose loosened.
The rope relaxed.


Synonymsloose, loosen


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Antonymsstiffen

4. relax (body) cause to feel relaxed


SamplesA hot bath always relaxes me.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to relax Sue


Synonymsloosen up, make relaxed, unlax, unstrain, unwind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect


Narrower (hyponym)unbend


Causedecompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind


Antonymstense up, tense, strain

5. relax (social) become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner


SamplesOur new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group.


Synonymsloosen up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

6. relax (social) make less severe or strict


SamplesThe government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught.


Synonymsloosen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Verb grouploosen, relax

7. relax (social) become less severe or strict


SamplesThe rules relaxed after the new director arrived.


Synonymsloosen


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb grouploosen, relax

8. relax (change) make less active or fast


SamplesHe slackened his pace as he got tired.
Don't relax your efforts now.


Synonymsslack, slack up, slacken


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify









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