Adjective "relaxing" definition and examples

(Relaxing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/rɪˈlaks/

Definitions and examples

verb

Make or become less tense or anxious.
  1. 'a relaxing holiday'
  2. 'Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed; don't tense them up as you roll your hips upward.'
  3. 'After a couple minutes, her tense body relaxed and she wiggled in the stretcher to get more comfortable.'
  4. 'The girl's eyelids flinched, as though she was dreaming, and she tensed up momentarily before relaxing and falling into a true sleep.'
  5. 'He felt her tense and then relax back against him, allowing herself to take the comfort that he offered her.'
  6. 'Whereas she's relatively calm and relaxed, he's tense and anxious.'
  7. 'She smiled at me, friendly, and I relaxed - then tensed slightly, because the door was closing behind me.'
  8. 'While Leeds looked tense and nervous, City were confident and relaxed.'
  9. 'Unprepared, I tensed, then relaxed against him, reminding myself that this was acceptable now.'
  10. 'He looked truly happy and relaxed, and I smiled back weakly.'
  11. 'The slow, fluid movements help tense, stressed people relax and strengthen their bodies without worrying about over-exertion or strain.'
  12. 'I thought you could come in, meet the rest of my team, and relax.'
  13. 'Do something to break up the hassles and stress of the school year with relaxing and fun activities.'
  14. 'The main city of the Queensland state, Brisbane, is the perfect place to relax and have a rest.'
  15. 'When complete, you'll want to kick back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer.'
  16. 'Learn and practise relaxation and breathing techniques, make more time to rest and relax, and ensure that you build leisure into your routine.'
  17. 'One wonders if he finds the time to relax or rest.'
  18. 'The coffee shop was very busy where parents and children came to rest and relax and sample some home cooking.'
  19. 'A real chill place to relax and enjoy the lounge music mixes or a nice warmer before the trendy nightlife.'
  20. 'And, because of that freedom, time we shared as a family was much more relaxed and enjoyable.'
  21. 'Teas will be served in the basement where friends and neighbours can relax and rest.'
  22. 'relax the leg by bringing the knee towards the chest'
  23. 'The reason for that is that adrenalin will smooth or relax the muscles in the lungs.'
  24. 'It was still something that you used for improving your circulation and relaxing your muscles.'
  25. 'It acts by relaxing the muscle in the airways and lets air in and out more easily.'
  26. 'When he lost control over his two-wheeler once, he relaxed his muscles.'
  27. 'Relaxation techniques can help you withstand stress better and also help relax facial muscles and skin.'
  28. 'Smoking relaxes the sphincter muscles, so makes acid reflux more likely.'
  29. 'Chelsea frowns, but quickly relaxes her eyebrow muscles - not wanting to crack the clear facial mask.'
  30. 'It relaxes the dorsal muscles and goes down to the lower back to alleviate the pain many feel after hours of sitting up and working on a computer.'
  31. 'It may slip back into the body when lying down or when the local muscles are relaxed.'
  32. 'The placenta produces large amounts of the hormone progesterone, which appropriately prevents the uterine smooth muscle from contracting, but also relaxes smooth muscle throughout the body.'
  33. 'She relaxed her hold on the belay line and began slowly feeling with her foot for the ladder behind her.'
  34. 'You let your hand stay there and then the snake relaxes his teeth and you can remove it out of his mouth.'
  35. 'Matty relaxed her position and leaned forward against the desk.'
  36. 'I try to relax my eyes but, each time I do, they start to close.'
  37. 'I could tell my shoulders dropped from being in a harsh, and ready-to-attack position to a more relaxed position.'
  38. 'Do your homework completely before you decide to have your hair chemically straightened or relaxed.'
  39. 'Would you also tell black people they cannot relax their hair?'
  40. 'Gel ingredients work well on virgin, waved, curled, relaxed, and textured hair in the long run.'
Make (a rule or restriction) less strict.
  1. 'Since access restrictions have been relaxed its farm conservation team has been giving free advice to farmers whose livestock was culled during last year's outbreak.'
  2. 'We weren't allowed to do it before because of the deficit, now they have relaxed the rules so we can still go for it.'
  3. 'Because of this study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against relaxing some protections against manatees.'
  4. 'If the rules were relaxed, the power of the symbol would be devalued.'
  5. 'And we did relax the school attendance for a couple days, but then they were all back.'
  6. 'Typically, these exclusions have allowed forest managers to relax the reviews when they want to fix a trail or structure.'
  7. 'If the U.S. administration relaxes its export control against China, its exports would be effectively boosted.'
  8. 'Largely foreigners, these newcomers flooded in after the U.S. relaxed its immigration quotas in 1965.'
  9. 'Still, Congress relaxed the embargo recently to allow trade in food and medicines, and a new day may be coming.'
  10. 'Some restrictions may be relaxed soon, he says - but it won't be much.'

More definitions

1. to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.

2. to diminish the force of.

3. to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.

4. to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc.: to relax the requirements for a license.

5. to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.: A short swim always relaxes me. verb (used without object)

6. to become less tense, rigid, or firm.

7. to become less strict or sever

More examples(as adjective)

"holidays can be relaxing."

"controls can be relaxing."

"restrictions can be relaxing."

"drinks can be relaxing."

"rules can be relaxing."

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Origin

(relax)Late Middle English: from Latin relaxare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + laxus ‘lax, loose’.