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mellow

1. noun, slang A state of calm enjoyment. I went to chill by the lake, but the yacht rock coming from the boat kind of harshed on my nature mellow.
2. adjective, slang Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. I didn't have a good time at the party because everyone was mellow except me.

mellow out

1. To relax; to calm down. I don't think he has mellowed out yet—I can still hear him yelling.
2. To cause someone to relax; to calm someone down. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." If the baby's crying, try putting her in her swing—that usually mellows her out.
3. To make something less bold in appearance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mellow" and "out." My hair is too dark right now—I think I need some highlights to mellow it out.
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

 
1. to become less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk. Come on, man, stop yelling and mellow out!
2. to become generally more relaxed. Gary was nearly forty before he started to mellow out a little and take life less seriously. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

Become genial or pleasant, calm down, relax, as in The teacher mellowed out when they explained what had happened. This expression uses mellow in the sense of "ripening," with the connotation of softness and sweetness. [Slang; late 1900s]
See also: mellow, out

mellow out

v. Slang
1. To make someone relax; cause someone to become more genial and pleasant: A nice cool drink would mellow me out right now. A nap might mellow out the kids.
2. To relax; become genial and pleasant: Hey, don't get so upset; just mellow out! We stayed at home and mellowed out all day.
3. To make something less intense or less striking: I added some white to the paint to mellow the color out a little bit. We added candles to mellow out the atmosphere.
See also: mellow, out

mellow

1. mod. relaxed; untroubled; laid back. She is the mellowest fox I know.
2. mod. slightly alcohol or drug intoxicated. I got mellow and stopped drinking right there.

mellow out

1. in. to calm down; to get less angry. When you mellow out, maybe we can talk.
2. in. to become generally more relaxed; to grow less contentious. After his illness, he mellowed out and seemed more glad to be alive.
See also: mellow, out
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The music wafting from your headphones is softer and mellower than you ever imagined.
A changed, mellower Haston emerged, but after all too brief a period, a chance accident left friends and acquaintances -- well portrayed here -- wondering what might have been.
This makes people who are already mellow even mellower and contributes to a decline in the quality of their work.
The driven intensity that was once both a boon and a bane for Dickinson's training career is mellower now.
A mellower misanthropist, Buk drinks in moderation, suffers television for his wife's company, and enjoys a productive year of what he considers (and I concur) the best poems and stories of his life.
Also, Bunyan's own personal development and psychology must not be left out in accounting for the differences between the two parts: an older and mellower Bunyan, who had no doubt heard comments on the first part of his allegory from co-religionists, was responding to his fuller experience of congregational life.
These days, Chan Moly Sam is mellower about training her children.
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After distillation, the new eaux-de-vie rest a few months to become mellower, smoother and rounder, while developing a complex, many-faceted character.
The Measure of Man (1954), a mellower and less pessimistic work, is partially an extension of The Modern Temper and shows the abandonment of Krutch's earlier belief that modern philosophy must be based on the deterministic and materialistic findings of science.
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He pared down the orchestra and chorus to numbers closer to Bach's, exchanged modern instruments for mellower, quieter period instruments, used a lower pitch, and reduced the chorus to 39 singers.
The engine propelling Reyes' works, however, is a mellower species of Surrealism, laced with mirth and irony, affection even, as in his "Persistent Steed."
In the American Association of Retired Persons magazine he said they had both changed, adding: "We're both mellower and wiser.
Whether on mellower tracks like the warm love song Matilda, or a pulsating Fitzpleasure, his percussive commitment - wringing every drop of rhythmic potential from each line - was absolutely transfixing.