relax

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relax(
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lahks
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to calm down)
a. relajarse
I am going to take a warm bath to relax.Voy a tomarme un baño caliente para relajarme.
If you want to relax, go take a walk on the beach.Si quieres relajarte, sal a caminar por la playa.
b. descansar
Lupita likes listening to music to relax.A Lupita le gusta escuchar música para descansar.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to loosen)
a. relajar
I need a massage to relax my tight neck muscles.Necesito un masaje para relajar los músculos tensos del cuello.
b. aflojar
Erica was so scared on the rollercoaster that she didn't release her grip on the bar until the very end.Erica estaba tan aterrada en la montaña rusa que no aflojó la fuerza con que sujetaba la barra hasta el final de todo.
3. (to make less strict)
a. relajar
The school relaxed its dress code.La escuela relajó su código de vestimenta.
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relax
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (person, muscles, discipline)
a. relajar
to relax one's gripdejar de apretar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (person, muscles, discipline)
a. relajarse
relax!¡tranquilízate!
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relax [rɪˈlæks]
transitive verb
[+person, body, part of body] relajar; [+discipline, rules, controls] relajar; [+standards] dejar que bajen
to relax one's muscles relajar los músculos; to relax one's grip or hold on sth dejar de agarrarse de or a algo tan apretadamente; soltar algo; ejercer menor control sobre algo
intransitive verb
1 [+person] (rest, lose inhibitions) relajarse; (calm down) relajarse; tranquilizarse; (amuse oneself) esparcirse; expansionarse
I like to relax with a book me gusta relajarme leyendo; relax! everything's fine ¡tranquilízate! todo está bien; we relaxed in the sun of Majorca nos relajamos bajo el sol de Mallorca; I find it difficult to relax with her me resulta difícil estar relajado cuando estoy con ella
2 [+person, body, muscles] relajarse
his face relaxed into a smile relajó la cara y sonrió; we must not relax in our efforts es preciso no cejar en nuestros esfuerzos
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