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loose

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adjective \ˈlüs\

Simple Definition of loose

  • : not tightly fastened, attached, or held

  • : not pulled or stretched tight

  • of clothing : not fitting close to your body : not tight

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loose

looser

loosest

  1. 1 a :  not rigidly fastened or securely attached b (1) :  having worked partly free from attachments <a loose tooth> (2) :  having relative freedom of movement c :  produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus <a loose cough> d :  not tight-fitting

  2. 2 a :  free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation <a lion loose in the streets> <spend loose funds wisely> b :  not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding c archaic :  disconnected, detached

  3. 3 a :  not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement b :  not solid :  watery <loose stools>

  4. 4 a :  lacking in restraint or power of restraint <a loose tongue> b :  lacking moral restraint :  unchaste c :  overactive; specifically :  marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools <loose bowels>

  5. 5 a :  not tightly drawn or stretched :  slack b :  being flexible or relaxed <stay loose>

  6. 6 a :  lacking in precision, exactness, or care <loose brushwork> <loose usage> b :  permitting freedom of interpretation

  7. 7 :  not in the possession of either of two competing teams <a loose ball> <a loose puck>

loosely

adverb

looseness

noun

Examples of loose in a sentence

  1. Some of the shingles on the roof were loose.

  2. The rope was tied in a loose knot.

  3. The nails had been pried loose.

  4. Some of the shingles had come loose.

  5. The boat came loose from its moorings and floated out into the harbor.

  6. The ball popped loose from the shortstop's glove.

  7. loose reins on a horse

  8. She was wearing a loose dress.

  9. The dog was wandering loose in the streets.



Origin and Etymology of loose

Middle English lous, from Old Norse lauss; akin to Old High German lōs loose — more at -less


First Known Use: 13th century


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loose

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verb \ˈlüs\

Simple Definition of loose

  • : to release or untie (an animal or person)

  • : to make (something) less tight

  • : to shoot or fire (something, such as an arrow or a bullet)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loose

loosed

loosing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to let loose (see 1loose):  release b :  to free from restraint

  3. 2 :  to make loose :  untie <loose a knot>

  4. 3 :  to cast loose :  detach

  5. 4 :  to let fly :  discharge

  6. 5 :  to make less rigid, tight, or strict :  relax

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to let fly a missile (as an arrow) :  fire

Examples of loose in a sentence

  1. The soldiers loosed a volley of rifle fire.

  2. <the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them>



Origin and Etymology of loose

(see 1loose)


First Known Use: 13th century


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loose

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adverb \ˈlüs\

Simple Definition of loose

  • : in a way that does not fit close to your body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loose

  1. :  in a loose manner (see 1loose):  loosely

Origin and Etymology of loose

(see 1loose)


First Known Use: 15th century



LOOSE Defined for Kids

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loose

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adjective \ˈlüs\

Definition of loose for Students

looser

loosest

  1. 1 :  not tightly fixed or fastened <a loose board>

  2. 2 :  not pulled tight <a loose belt>

  3. 3 :  not tied up or shut in <a loose horse>

  4. 4 :  not brought together in a bundle or binding <loose sheets of paper>

  5. 5 :  having parts that are not held or squeezed tightly together <loose gravel>

  6. 6 :  not exact or precise <a loose translation>

loosely

adverb

looseness

noun



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loose

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verb

Definition of loose for Students

loosed

loosing

  1. 1 :  to make less tight <He loosed the knot.>

  2. 2 :  to set free <They loosed the dogs.>




Medical Dictionary

loose

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adjective \ˈlüs\

Medical Definition of loose

looser

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loosest

  1. 1a:  not rigidly fastened or securely attachedb (1):  having worked partly free from attachments <a loose tooth> (2):  having relative freedom of movementc:  produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus <a loose cough>

  2. 2a:  not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement <loose connective tissue>b:  not solid :  watery <loose stools>

  3. 3:  overactive; specifically :  marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools <loose bowels>

  4. 4:  not tightly drawn or stretched <loose skin>

loosely

adverb

looseness

noun



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