loosen

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verb loos·en \ˈlü-sən\

Definition of loosen

loosened

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loosening

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.

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14th Century

First Known Use of loosen

14th century



LOOSEN Defined for English Language Learners

loosen

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Definition of loosen for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LOOSEN Defined for Kids

loosen

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verb loos·en \ˈlü-sən\

Definition of loosen for Students

loosened

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loosening

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



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