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[ verb ] become less tense

Examples

"He relaxed in the hot tub"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Even_so , he could not ease the tension of his body ; the rough surface of the earth itself seemed to resist every attempt on his part to relax .

(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)

The stern face would relax , the black clad arms would embrace him , `` My son '' !

(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)

The only way to find things is to relax '' .

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[ verb ] become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

Examples

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

3
[ verb ] make less tight

Synonyms

unbend

Examples

"relax the tension on the rope"

Used in print

(Sexology, 28:1...)

She learns how to relax them to accept - instead of contracting them to repel the entering object .

The pain and distress associated with the performance may easily give the wife a deep-seated dread of marital relations and cause her , unconsciously , to make the sex_act unpleasant and difficult for both by exercising her vaginal muscles to complicate his penetration instead of relaxing them to facilitate it .

(William H. Ittelson and Samuel B. Kutash,...)

She ascribed her delight with both experiences to the effect they seemed to have of temporarily removing from her the controls which she felt so compulsively necessary to maintain even when it might seem appropriate to relax these controls .

Thus , this readiness to relax controls , evidenced in the Kohnstamm situation , appears to be a more general personality factor .

(Anne McCaffrey, "The Ship Who Sang," 7th...)

By relaxing the throat muscles and expanding the oral_cavity well into the frontal_sinuses , she could direct the vowel_sounds into the_most felicitous position for proper reproduction through her throat microphone .

Related terms

loosen unbrace relaxation

4
[ verb ] become loose or looser or less tight

Synonyms

loose loosen

Examples

"The noose loosened" "the rope relaxed"

Used in print

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

There is one exception to the above statement as has been pointed_out , and that is that fluids can relax by flowing into fields of lower rates of shear , so the statement should be modified by stating that the mechanics are similar .

Related terms

stiffen weaken relaxation

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[ verb ] cause to feel relaxed

Examples

"A hot bath always relaxes me"

Used in print

(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)

Similarly , higher levels of GNP do not , in themselves , provide grounds for raising prices , but they do relax some of the pressure on the industry so that it can raise prices higher for a given wage increase .

Related terms

tense tense affect unbend

6
[ verb ] make less severe or strict

Synonyms

loosen

Examples

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

Related terms

change loosen

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[ verb ] become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner

Synonyms

loosen_up

Examples

"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

Examples

"The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

Related terms

change loosen liberalization

9
[ verb ] make less active or fast

Examples

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

Related terms

decrease relaxation

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[ verb ] become less tight

Synonyms

loose

Examples

"the rope relaxed"

Related terms

loosen

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