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relax

  

      vb  
1    to make (muscles, a grip, etc.) less tense or rigid or (of muscles, a grip, etc.) to become looser or less rigid  
2    intr   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    intr   (of a person) to become less formal; unbend  
     (C15: from Latin relaxare to loosen, from re- + laxare to loosen, from laxus loose, lax)  
  relaxable      adj  
  relaxed      adj  
  relaxedly      adv  
  relaxer      n  
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relax

  
1    abate, diminish, ease, ebb, lessen, let up, loosen, lower, mitigate, moderate, reduce, relieve, slacken, weaken  
2    be or feel at ease, calm, chill out     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   hang loose     (slang)   laze, let oneself go     (informal)   let one's hair down     (informal)   lighten up     (slang)   loosen up, make oneself at home, mellow out     (informal)   put one's feet up, rest, soften, take it easy, take one's ease, tranquillize, unbend, unwind  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    heighten, increase, intensify, tense, tighten, work  
2    alarm, alert  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
vegetate; relax
informal
exp.
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
exp.
adopt a detached attitude; relax
exp.
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.

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