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US /rɪˈlæks/ 
UK /rɪˈlæks/ 

to (cause someone to) become less active and more calm and happy, or to (cause a part of the body to) become less stiff

Persian equivalent: 

آرام شدن، استراحت کردن


After work she relaxed with a cup of tea. 

او پس از کار با یک فنجان چای به خود استراحت داد.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (relaxes, relaxing, relaxed )

1 to rest and be calm; to become less worried or angry:
After a hard day at work I spent the evening relaxing in front of the television.

2 to become less tight or to make something become less tight:
Let your body relax.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


relax S3 W3 AC /rɪˈlæks/ BrE AmE verb
[Word Family: adjective: relaxed, relaxing; verb: relax; noun: relaxation]
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: relaxare 'to loosen', from laxus 'loose']
1. REST [intransitive and transitive] to rest or do something that is enjoyable, especially after you have been working:
I just want to sit down and relax.
What Robyn needed was a drink to relax her.
A hot bath should help to relax you.
2. BECOME CALM [intransitive and transitive] to become quiet and calm after you have been upset or nervous, or to make someone do this:
Once out of danger, he started to relax.
Relax! Everything’s fine.
3. MUSCLE [intransitive and transitive] if you relax a part of your body or it relaxes, it becomes less stiff or less tight:
Gentle exercise can relax stiff shoulder muscles.
4. RULES/LAWS [transitive] to make a rule or law less strict
relax rules/regulations/controls
Hughes believes that immigration controls should not be relaxed.
5. relax your hold/grip
a) to hold something less tightly than before
relax your hold/grip on
He relaxed his grip on my arm.
b) to become less strict in the way you control something
relax your hold/grip on
The party has no intention of relaxing its hold on the country.
6. relax your concentration/vigilance etc to reduce the amount of attention you give to something
• • •
relax to rest or do something that is enjoyable after you have been working: In the evenings, I like to relax with some music and a nice meal. | In two weeks’ time I’ll be relaxing on a beach in Greece.
rest to stop working or stop being active, and sit down or lie down so that you become less tired: If you’re tired, we’ll stop and rest for a while. | The doctor told me to take some time off work and try to rest.
unwind to gradually relax after you have been working hard or feeling anxious: It had been a bad day and he just wanted to get home and unwind. | Set in spectacular countryside, the Shiga Hotel is the perfect place to unwind.
take it/things easy to relax and not do very much, especially after working very hard or being ill: Now that you’ve finished your exams, you can take it easy. | The doctor said he’ll have to take things easy for while.
put your feet up informal to rest for a short time after a tiring activity, especially by sitting with your feet resting on something: Kate poured herself a drink and put her feet up. | When you’re pregnant and doing a full-time job, you must find time to put your feet up.
chill out/chill informal to relax completely, or stop worrying and getting annoyed about things - used mainly by young people: We spent the day chilling out by the pool. | Hey dude, chill out! It’s only a car! | It’s a great place to chill out. | Let’s go back to my place and chill.
loosen up informal to become more relaxed and stop worrying about things: I keep telling Mum that she needs to loosen up a bit. | Tom had had a few drinks and was beginning to loosen up.
put somebody at ease/make somebody feel at ease to make someone feel relaxed, especially in a situation in which they might feel a little nervous: A good interviewer will try to make you feel at ease. | His friendly manner always puts people at their ease.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary




relax AW [relax relaxes relaxed relaxing]   [rɪˈlæks]    [rɪˈlæks]  verb
1. intransitive to rest while you are doing sth enjoyable, especially after work or effort
Syn:  unwind
Just relax and enjoy the movie.
• I'm going to spend the weekend just relaxing.

~ with sth When I get home from work I like to relax with the newspaper.

2. intransitive, transitive ~ (sb) to become or make sb become calmer and less worried
• I'll only relax when I know you're safe.

• Relax! Everything will be OK.

3. intransitive, transitive to become or make sth become less tight or stiff
Allow your muscles to relax completely.
~ sth The massage relaxed my tense back muscles.
He relaxed his grip on her arm.

(figurative) The dictator refuses to relax his grip on power.

4. transitive ~ sth to allow rules, laws, etc. to become less strict

• The council has relaxed the ban on dogs in city parks.

5. transitive ~ sth to allow your attention or effort to become weaker
You cannot afford to relax your concentration for a moment.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin relaxare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + laxus ‘lax, loose’.  
relax verb
1. I
Just relax and enjoy the movie.
unwindtake it/things easysit backput your feet uprest|informal chill (out)hang out|BrE potter|AmE putter
try to/help sb (to) relax/unwind/rest
just relax/unwind/take it easy/sit back/rest/hang out/potter/putter
2. I
Relax! Everything will be OK.
calm downcoolpull yourself together
things calm down/cool off
Relax or calm down? People can relax; people or a situation can calm down. To relax is to stop feeling worried. Calm down is more about behaviour than feelings: you may still feel worried but you manage to behave in a calm way.
3. I, T
He relaxed his grip on her arm.
Opp: tighten, Opp: tense
relax/loosen/slacken/release your grip/hold
relax/loosen/slacken your muscles
loosen/slacken a knot/tie/belt  
Example Bank:
He gradually relaxed and began to enjoy himself.
He was relaxing on the couch with a book.
His severe expression relaxed into a half-smile.
Jenna relaxed against the pillows.
Julie seems to be relaxing a little now.
Just relax and take it easy.
Just try to relax completely.
She instantly relaxed at the sight of him.
She realized how tense she was and consciously relaxed.
Use music to help you relax.
I'll only relax when I know you're safe.
• I'm going to spend the weekend just relaxing.

• When I get home from work I like to relax with a glass of wine.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition

relax / rɪˈlæks / verb [ I or T ] (PERSON)

B1 to (cause someone to) become less active and more calm and happy, or to (cause a part of the body to) become less stiff:

After work she relaxed with a cup of tea and the newspaper.

A good massage will relax your tired muscles.

He relaxed his grip on my arm (= he began to hold it less tightly) .


relax / rɪˈlæks / verb [ T ] (RULE)

to make a rule or control less severe:

Two weeks after the police relaxed security at the airports, there was a bomb attack.

© Cambridge University Press 2013

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 relaxes, relaxing, relaxed

 1) V-ERG If you relax or if something relaxes you, you feel more calm and less worried or tense.
  I ought to relax and stop worrying about it...
  For the first time since his arrival he relaxed slightly...
  [V n] Do something that you know relaxes you.
 2) V-ERG When a part of your body relaxes, or when you relax it, it becomes less stiff or firm.
  [V n] Massage is used to relax muscles, relieve stress and improve the circulation...
  His face relaxes into a contented smile.
 3) VERB If you relax your grip or hold on something, you hold it less tightly than before.
  [V n] He gradually relaxed his grip on the arms of the chair.
 4) V-ERG If you relax a rule or your control over something, or if it relaxes, it becomes less firm or strong.
  Rules governing student conduct relaxed somewhat in recent years...
  [V n] How much can the President relax his grip over the nation without emboldening it to rise in open revolt?...
  [V n] Some analysts believe that the government soon will begin relaxing economic controls.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


re·lax /rɪˈlæks/ verb -lax·es; -laxed; -lax·ing
1 : to become or to cause (something) to become less tense, tight, or stiff

[no obj]

• Her grip on my hand relaxed [=loosened] only after the roller coaster had come to a complete stop.
• The muscles in my neck and shoulders should relax after a nice hot shower.

[+ obj]

• When the roller coaster stopped, she relaxed [=loosened] her grip on my hand.
• A hot shower relaxed the tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.
- sometimes used figuratively
• Winter has finally relaxed its grip on the country.
2 [no obj] : to stop feeling nervous or worried
• I can't relax with all this noise!
• Just relax, there's nothing to worry about.
• Try to relax and enjoy the ride.
3 [no obj] : to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable especially after you have been doing work
• After work I like to come home and relax [=unwind] for a while in front of the television.
• She likes to relax with a glass of wine [=to have a glass of wine] before bed.
4 : to become or to cause (something, such as a rule or law) to become less severe or strict

[+ obj]

• The commission has voted to relax industry regulations/restrictions/standards.

[no obj]

• Fashion rules have relaxed a lot in recent years.
5 [+ obj] formal : to allow (something, such as your attention or concentration) to become weaker
• We mustn't relax our vigilance for a moment!
6 [+ obj] chiefly US : to use a chemical treatment on (hair) in order to make it straight or straighter

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