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Synonyms for relax

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down(verb)

    become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

    "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"

    straighten, decompress, slow down, unbend, depressurise, loosen, disentangle, warm up, slacken, depressurize, unlax, unroll, limber up, loosen up, slow, decelerate, unstuff, loose, slack up, wind off, slow up, uncompress, retard, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    tense up, tense, strain

  2. relax, unbend(verb)

    make less taut

    "relax the tension on the rope"

    decompress, loosen, slack, unlax, unwind, loose, loosen up, slacken, unbend, unstrain, make relaxed, straighten, slow down, slack up

    tense, strain, tense up

  3. loosen, relax, loose(verb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

    let loose, untie, liberate, decompress, slow down, unbend, unloosen, tease, loosen, undo, loosen up, unlax, tease apart, release, free, loose, slack up, unleash, unloose, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain, slacken

    tense up, tense, strain

  4. relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed(verb)

    cause to feel relaxed

    "A hot bath always relaxes me"

    decompress, slow down, unbend, loosen, disentangle, warm up, slacken, unlax, unroll, loosen up, limber up, loose, slack up, wind off, unstuff, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    strain, tense up, tense

  5. relax, loosen up(verb)

    become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner

    "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"

    decompress, slow down, unbend, loosen, warm up, slacken, unlax, limber up, loosen up, unstuff, loose, slack up, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    tense, strain, tense up

  6. relax, loosen(verb)

    make less severe or strict

    "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

    untie, decompress, slow down, unbend, tease, loosen, undo, slacken, unlax, tease apart, loosen up, loose, slack up, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    tense up, tense, strain

  7. relax, loosen(verb)

    become less severe or strict

    "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

    untie, decompress, slow down, unbend, tease, loosen, undo, slacken, unlax, tease apart, loosen up, loose, slack up, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    tense up, tense, strain

  8. slack, slacken, slack up, relax(verb)

    make less active or fast

    "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"

    unstrain, decompress, slow down, unbend, slacken, loosen, remit, let up, unlax, slack off, abate, loosen up, slow, loose, slack up, slake, slack, die away, unwind, make relaxed, slow up

    tense, tense up, strain


  1. relax(verb)

    excite, stress

  2. relax(verb)

    stress, excite

  3. relax(verb)

    stress, excite

  4. relax(verb)

    stress, excite

  5. relax(verb)

    stress, excite

  6. relax(verb)

    stress, excite

  7. relax(verb)

    excite, stress

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. relax

    invigorate, recreate, refresh, relieve, repose, rest, restore

    exhaust, fag, fatigue, harass, jade, tire, wear out, weary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. relax

    slacken, loosen, remit, abate, mitigate, release, unbend, relent, divert, recreate, rest, enervate, unstring

    tighten, increase, intensify, stretch, bend, brace, invigorate, redouble, grow, heighten, strengthen

Editors Contribution

  1. stand at ease

    to stand at normal.

    parade stand at ease.

    Submitted by shivakaramdani97 on June 24, 2019  
  2. unfist

    to unclench hands which had been fisted in readiness for punching someone.

    i unfisted my hands and slapped him this time.

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. relax(v. a.)

    loosen, slacken, loose

  2. relax(v. a.)

    weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, unbrace, prostrate

  3. relax(v. a.)

    lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, remit, mitigate

  4. relax(v. a.)

    unbend, ease, divert, recreate, entertain, amuse

  5. relax(v. n.)

    become lax

  6. relax(v. n.)

    recreate, unbend, take recreation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. relax(v)

    loosen, slacken, abate, diminish, mitigate, temper

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "relax":

    unwind, chill, ease, quiet, soften, relaxed, calm, easy, liberalize

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How to use relax in a sentence?

  1. Aaron Jhinkoo:

    Don’t rush traffic, take your time and relax. -Aaron Jhinkoo

  2. Hemant Mehta:

    Christians don't own December. Even if Christmas as a Christian holiday didn't exist right now, I think there would be plenty of reason that it makes sense to take a couple weeks off at the end of the year, when the weather isn't great, when everyone kind of needs a break from work, this is a nice way to just relax and spend time with your family. If it coincides with the majority's religious holiday, great.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Simply, what it really means to do one's best is, just to do one's utmost i.e. to make the greatest possible effort that you can make in anything. And once you've done your best in anything. Just relax and dare to count on God to do the rest for you. For, he can and he will surely do the rest just for you. Anyway, have you been doing your best at all?

  4. Dianne Hales:

    Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.

  5. Hans Kluge:

    Contact tracing is key especially as the UK starts to relax the social and physical distancing measures. There has to be a robust track-and-trace system in place of operation.

Translations for relax

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  • استرخىArabic
  • relaxar, afluixarCatalan, Valencian
  • uvolnitCzech
  • slappe af, falde til roDanish
  • entspannen, lockernGerman
  • χαλαρώστεGreek
  • reposar, relajar, aflojar, relájeseSpanish
  • rauhoittua, relata, höllentää, löysentää, rentoutua, höllentyä, hölletäFinnish
  • se détendre, détendre, relâcher, détendez-vousFrench
  • relaxarGalician
  • आराम करेंHindi
  • laxigar, laxeskarIdo
  • relaxItalian
  • תירגעHebrew
  • くつろぐ, 落ち着かせる, 緊張を解く, 落ち着く, 緩和する, 緩める, 和らげる, くつろがせる, ほっとするJapanese
  • 편하게 하다Korean
  • relaxō, relaxatLatin
  • whakatakupeMāori
  • losmaken, ontspannenDutch
  • slappe avNorwegian
  • relaxar, afrouxar, soltarPortuguese
  • relaxa, destinde, desfaceRomanian
  • ослабить, расслабляться, распускаться, смягчать, смягчить, смягчиться, расслаблять, расслабить, распускать, распустить, расслабиться, ослаблять, распуститься, смягчатьсяRussian
  • koppla avSwedish
  • 放鬆Chinese

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    A synonym for "subterranean"
    • A. overhead
    • B. ulterior
    • C. overt
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