relax etymology

English word relax comes from Latin re-, Latin laxare, Latin laxo

Detailed word origin of relax

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
laxare Latin (lat)
laxo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I lighten, relieve, free. I extend, expand. I lessen, abate. I open, make wide. I relax, moderate, weaken. I undo, release.
relaxo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I slacken, ease, alleviate, mitigate; cheer up, enliven, relax.. I stretch out or widen again; unloose, loosen, open; slacken; abate.
relaxer Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
relax English (eng) (intransitive) To become less severe or tense.. (intransitive) To become loose.. (intransitive, of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.. (transitive) To calm down.. (transitive) To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.. (transitive) To make something less severe or tense.. (transitive) To make something loose.. (transitive) To relieve (something) from [...]

Words with the same origin as relax

Descendants of re-
arrest rain reaction receive recognize record regret relationship remain remember remove repeat reputation request rescue research respect responsibility responsible rest return revolution reward ship
Descendants of laxare
lease leash release