1. verb
    make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don``t relax your efforts now"
  2. verb
    become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
  3. verb
    make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope"
  4. verb
    become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
  5. verb
    make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
  6. 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"
  7. verb
    cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"
  8. 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"