relaxed

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From relax +‎ -ed, originally after Latin relaxātus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈlækst/
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AdjectiveEdit

relaxed (comparative more relaxed, superlative most relaxed)

  1. (obsolete, physiology) Made slack or feeble; weak, soft. [from 15th c.]
    • 1790, James Boswell, in Danziger & Brady (eds.), Boswell: The Great Biographer, Yale 1989, p. 54:
      It was a very wet morning. I woke relaxed and melancholy as in the country, and walked about an hour under cover, in the middle of the town [] .
  2. Made more lenient; less strict; lax. [from 17th c.]
    The relaxed rules were greatly tightened after the lawsuit.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.
  3. Free from tension or anxiety; at ease; leisurely. [from 18th c.]
    He's a relaxed kind of guy, he never lets himself get upset.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 4:
      Students and faculty members lunch at the cafeteria and naturally communicate freely with one another in a relaxed and informal setting.
  4. (chiefly physics) Without physical tension; in a state of equilibrium. [from 19th c.]
  5. (physiology) Of a muscle: soft, not tensed. [from 19th c.]

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VerbEdit

relaxed

  1. simple past tense and past participle of relax