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To rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
“I am looking forward to my next holiday where I can finally get away from work and relax.”
To make less taut or tight
“He would gradually relax his grip on his weapon as tensions abated.”
To calm down
“I tried to relax him and assure him that things were nowhere near as bad as they seemed.”
To become loose
“Rachel swam, enjoying the nice feel of moving through the cool water, letting it relax her muscles.”
(of a rule or restriction) To make less strict
“Diplomacy will be required for government to relax the current restrictions on trade.”
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