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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. Randy Shelerud:

    The main advantage is that there is direct support on the mid-cervical spine with these pillows, which allows less pressure on the cervical facets in the mid spine. The airline seats force one’s head into a bit of flexion not allowing the cervical spinal musculature [ basically all muscles running along the spine ] the ability to completely relax.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Happy Sunday! Today is Sunday, your special day to relax, enjoy, and share happiness, laughter and love with your family and friends. You definitely deserve to enjoy the weekend and especially Sunday, after batting all those curve balls that Life had thrown at you during the past weekdays. So Sunday is surely your super shining sunny day. Have fun, and make a great Sunday!

  3. Salim Grabsi:

    There’s nothing left in areas like this, and McDonald’s is a center of community life, a place where families can sit down and relax with their kids, my neighbors bring their grandchildren every week.

  4. Simona Halep:

    It was good that I came back so strong, i just wanted to relax my arms, because I was moving pretty well also at the beginning, but my arm was very tight and I couldn't hit the ball as I wanted.

  5. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    We are flattening the curve by what we're doing and we're flattening the curve so far, you can't relax. The flattening of the curve last night happened because of what we did yesterday.

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Translations for relax

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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