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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.


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


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.


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.


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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