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loose

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of loose

  1. 1 not tightly fastened, tied, or stretched <secure your neckerchief with a loose knot> Synonyms insecure, lax, loosened, relaxed, slack, slackened, unsecured Related Words detached, free, unattached, unbound, undone, unfastened, untied; baggy, blousy, saggy Near Antonyms constrained, restrained; attached, bound, fastened, tied; fast, firm, jammed, snug, stuck, wedged Antonyms taut, tense, tight

  2. 2 consisting of particles that do not stick together <the car wheels slipped on the loose gravel in the driveway> Synonyms incoherent, unconsolidated Related Words nonadhesive, nonviscous; disconnected, disjointed, separate, unconnected; coarse, granular, rough Near Antonyms connected, solid; compacted, compressed; adhesive, gelatinous, gluey, glutinous, gooey, gummy, sticky, viscid, viscous Antonyms coherent, compact, dense, packed

  3. 3 not bound by rigid standards <the generally loose discipline practiced by many weekend dads> Synonyms flexible, lax, easygoing, relaxed, slack, unrestrained, unrestrictedRelated Words careless, derelict, heedless, irresponsible, lazy, neglectful, negligent, remiss, slipshod, sloppy, sloven, slovenly, unfussyNear Antonyms constrained, restrained, restricted, tight; careful, conscientious, exact, fussy, meticulous, painstaking, punctilious, scrupulous; implacable, inflexibleAntonyms hard, harsh, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, strict

  4. 4 not bound, confined, or detained by force <there was a brief panic when the lion got loose from its cage at the zoo> Synonyms footloose, free, unbound, unconfined, unrestrainedRelated Words escaped; uncaged, unchained, unfettered, unleashed; uncaught; unanchored, unbolted, undone, unfastened, untied; clear, disengagedNear Antonyms caught; caged, chained, enclosed (also inclosed), immured, imprisoned, leashed, penned; anchored, bolted, fastened, fettered, manacled, shackled, tied; kidnapped (also kidnaped)Antonyms bound, confined, restrained, unfree

  5. 5 not precisely correct <a loose guess about the size of the crowd at the outdoor concert> Synonyms approximate, approximative, ballpark, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact, squishyRelated Words erroneous, false, incorrect, off, wrong; general, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, mushy, undefined, undetermined, unsettled, vague; faulty, flawed, mistaken; specious; distorted, fallacious, misleading; doubtful, dubious, questionable, uncertain; inconclusive, indecisive; debatable, disputable; invalidated, unconfirmed, unsubstantiated, unsupportedNear Antonyms certain, incontestable, indubitable, positive, sure, undeniable, unquestionable; correct, errorless, factual, right, sound, true, valid; clear-cut, decisive, definable, defined, definite; incontrovertible, indisputable, irrefutable; absolute, unqualified; confirmed, corroborated, determined, established, substantiated, supported, validatedAntonyms accurate, dead, dead-on, exact, precise, ultraprecise, veracious

  6. 6 having or showing lowered moral character or standards <the loose life that he led in the years before his death by a drug overdose> Synonyms debased, debauched, decadent, degenerate, degraded, demoralized, depraved, dissipated, dissolute, jackleg, libertine, corrupt, perverse, perverted, rakehell (or rakehelly), rakish, reprobate, sick, unclean, unwholesome, warpedRelated Words bent [chiefly British], crooked, cutthroat, dishonest, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; contaminated, spoiled, tainted; bad, evil, immoral, iniquitous, miscreant, nefarious, sinful, vicious, wickedNear Antonyms incorruptible; ethical, honest, principled; good, moral, righteous, virtuousAntonyms pure, uncorrupt, uncorrupted




loose

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of loose

  1. 1 to cause (a projectile) to be driven forward with force <the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them> Synonyms blast, discharge, fire, shoot, squeeze offRelated Words launch, project; blaze (at), snipe (at); cast, catapult, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, lob, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

  2. 2 to find emotional release for <do not loose your pent-up frustrations on the next person who happens by> Synonyms take out, release, unleash, ventRelated Words act out; air, express, state, ventilate, voiceNear Antonyms control, govern, handle, manage; bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, hold back, pull in, quell, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame; allay, lull, quiet, soothe, still; choke, inhibit, muffle, pocket, repress, stifle, strangle, swallowAntonyms bottle (up), repress, suppress

  3. 3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) <animal-rights activists loosed the monkeys from their laboratory cages> Synonyms discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, free, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterRelated Words bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  4. 4 to set free (from a state of being held in check) <the storm loosed its full fury when it hit the coastline at high tide> Synonyms release, loosen, uncork, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosenRelated Words discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter, unmoor, unshackle; air, express, take out, ventNear Antonyms handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; bind, confine, enchain, fetter; halter, hamperAntonyms bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame




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