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loose

adjective \ ˈlüs \

Definition of loose

looser; loosest
1 a :not rigidly fastened or securely attached
  • loose planks in a bridge
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
  • loose clothing
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 a :not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement
  • loose soil
b :not solid :watery
  • loose stools
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 a :not tightly drawn or stretched :slack
  • a loose belt
b :being flexible or relaxed
  • stay loose
6 a :lacking in precision, exactness, or care
  • loose brushwork
  • loose usage
b :permitting freedom of interpretation
  • a loose construction of the Constitution
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.

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Origin and Etymology of loose

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


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loose

verb \ ˈlüs \

Definition of loose

loosed; loosing
transitive verb
1 a :to let loose (see 1loose) :release
  • loosed the dogs on the prowlers
b :to free from restraint
2 :to make loose :untie
  • loose a knot
3 :to cast loose :detach
  • loosed the boat from its moorings
  • —George Eliot
4 :to let fly :discharge
  • loosed a hail of bullets
5 :to make less rigid, tight, or strict :relax
  • loosed his grip
intransitive verb
:to let fly a missile (such 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

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Origin and Etymology of loose

see 1loose


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loose

adverb \ ˈlüs \

Definition of loose

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

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Origin and Etymology of loose

see 1loose


LOOSE Defined for English Language Learners

loose

adjective

Definition of loose for English Language Learners

  • : not tightly fastened, attached, or held

  • : not pulled or stretched tight

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


loose

verb

Definition of loose for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


loose

adverb

Definition of loose for English Language Learners

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


LOOSE Defined for Kids

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loose

adjective \ ˈlüs \

Definition of loose for Students

looser; loosest
1 :not tightly fixed or fastened
  • a loose board
2 :not pulled tight
  • a loose belt
3 :not tied up or shut in
  • a loose horse
4 :not brought together in a bundle or binding
  • loose sheets of paper
5 :having parts that are not held or squeezed tightly together
  • loose gravel
6 :not exact or precise
  • a loose translation

loosely

adverb

looseness

noun

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loose

verb

Definition of loose for Students

loosed; loosing
1 :to make less tight
  • He loosed the knot.
2 :to set free
  • They loosed the dogs.

Medical Dictionary

loose

adjective \ ˈlüs \

medical Definition of loose

looser; loosest
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
2 a :not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement
  • loose connective tissue
b :not solid :watery
  • loose stools
3 :overactive; specifically :marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools
  • loose bowels
4 :not tightly drawn or stretched
  • loose skin

loosely

adverb

looseness

noun


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