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verb relax pronunciation in American English /rɪˈlæks/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrelax
he/she/itrelaxes
present participlerelaxing
past tenserelaxed
past participlerelaxed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to rest and allow yourself to become calm
    Just sit down and try to relax for half an hour.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make your muscles or a part of your body feel less tight and more comfortable
    Relax your stomach muscles; then repeat the exercise.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become less tight and more comfortable
      I felt my shoulders relax a little.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make rules, controls, conditions, etc. less strict
    Some companies have relaxed their restrictions on unpaid leave.
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