Synonyms and Antonyms of loosen
1 to make less taut <the lead climber loosened the climbing rope so that the other climber could have more room to maneuver> Synonyms ease, slacken, relax, slackRelated Words detach, free, unbind, undo, unfasten, untieNear Antonyms attach, bind, fasten, tie; constrain, restrainAntonyms strain, stretch, tense, tension, tighten
2 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) <the secret police have ways of loosening your tongue> Synonyms discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, free, 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
3 to set free (from a state of being held in check) <the well-known fact that alcohol tends to loosen a person's inhibitions> Synonyms loose, release, 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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