loos·en verb \ˈlü-sən\
: 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
loos·enedloos·en·ing \ˈlüs-niŋ, ˈlü-sən-iŋ\
: to release from restraint
: to make looser <loosened his tie> <loosen a screw>
: to relieve (the bowels) of constipation
: to cause or permit to become less strict —often used with up <loosened the rules>
: to become loose or looser
Examples of LOOSEN
- He used a spade to loosen the soil.
- She loosened the cake from the sides of the pan.
- After eating so much I had to loosen my belt.
- When the meeting was over he loosened his tie.
- One of the screws had loosened a bit and had to be tightened.
- Each generation seems to loosen the established standards of behavior.
- Standards of behavior seem to be loosening everywhere.
First Known Use of LOOSEN
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