Pronunciation: (ri-laks'),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 1. to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
2. to become less strict or severe; grow milder.
3. to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., esp. for the sake of rest or recreation.
4. to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.