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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·lax /rɪˈlæks/
 (vi.)放鬆,鬆懈,鬆弛,變從容,休息,休養(vt.)使松馳,緩和,使鬆懈,使休息

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·lax /rɪˈlæks/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lax v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaxed p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.]
 1. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
    Horror . . . all his joints relaxed.   --Milton.
    Nor served it to relax their serried files.   --Milton.
 2. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavors.
    The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature.   --Swift.
 3. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
 4. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels.
 Syn: -- To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease; unbend; divert.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lax, v. i.
 1. To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax.
    His knees relax with toil.   --Pope.
 2. To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
 In others she relaxed again,
 And governed with a looser rein.   --Prior.
 3. To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lax, n. Relaxation. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re··lax, a. Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 relax
      v 1: become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in
           the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
           [syn: loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow
           down] [ant: tense]
      2: make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn: unbend]
      3: become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened";
         "the rope relaxed" [syn: loosen, loose] [ant: stiffen]
      4: cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me" [syn:
         unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed]
         [ant: tense, tense]
      5: become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and
         assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed
         when he saw that we were a friendly group" [syn: loosen
         up]
      6: make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the
         curfew after most of the rebels were caught" [syn: loosen]
      7: become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the
         new director arrived" [syn: loosen]
      8: make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got
         tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: slack, slacken,
          slack up]