re·lax /rɪˈlæks/ 及物動詞
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.
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.
Re·lax, n. Relaxation. [Obs.]
Re··lax, a. Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.
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
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,