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What is the opposite of relaxes?

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Verb
To make demands, or prove to be testing on
“Their holidays in the woods without Wi-Fi really challenges the kids.”
Verb
Opposite of to rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
“You need to take a chill pill because you stress too much!”
Verb
Opposite of to make or become less taut or tight
“As the news became more evident, Grey felt his nerves tense, his fists tighten, and his breath become heavy.”
Verb
Opposite of to calm down
“Sometimes I rile my son for fun, but he is a good sport about it.”
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(of a rule or restriction) Opposite of to make less strict
“We welcome the decision by the Gambling Commission to extend the ban on using credit cards for online gambling.”
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Opposite of to become less severe or intense
“In recent months the government has increased the economic siege on the island with the application of new sanctions that intensify the embargo in force.”
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