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loosen

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verb loos·en \ˈlü-sən\

Simple Definition of loosen

  • : to make (something) less tight or firm : to make (something) loose or looser

  • : to become less tight or firm : to become loose or looser

  • : to become or to cause (something) to become less strict

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of loosen

loosenedloosening play \ˈlüs-niŋ, ˈlü-sən-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to release from restraint

  3. 2 :  to make looser <loosened his tie> <loosen a screw>

  4. 3 :  to relieve (the bowels) of constipation

  5. 4 :  to cause or permit to become less strict —often used with up <loosened the rules>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become loose or looser

Examples of loosen in a sentence

  1. He used a spade to loosen the soil.

  2. She loosened the cake from the sides of the pan.

  3. After eating so much I had to loosen my belt.

  4. When the meeting was over he loosened his tie.

  5. One of the screws had loosened a bit and had to be tightened.

  6. Each generation seems to loosen the established standards of behavior.

  7. Standards of behavior seem to be loosening everywhere.



14th Century

First Known Use of loosen

14th century



LOOSEN Defined for Kids

loosen

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verb loos·en \ˈlü-sən\

Definition of loosen for Students

loosenedloosening

  1. :  to make or become less tight or firmly fixed <Can you loosen this screw?> <His grip loosened.>





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