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verb British English pronunciation: relax /rɪˈlæks/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrelax
he/she/itrelaxes
present participlerelaxing
past tenserelaxed
past participlerelaxed
  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 firms have relaxed their restrictions on unpaid leave.

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