Definition of loosen
looseningplay \ˈlüs-niŋ, ˈlü-sən-iŋ\
Examples of loosen in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of loosen from the Web
Russia has witnessed a Christian revival since the crumbling Soviet state began to loosen its grip on religious life in the late 1980s.
The Southeastern Conference loosened its graduate transfer rules Friday that will allow Notre Dame Malik Zaire to transfer and play at Florida this year.
But, as veteran environmentalist Dan Becker notes, even if Trump loosens the federal requirements, the industry will still face tougher mileage restrictions in most European and Asian markets.
Efforts to loosen marijuana laws in Kansas have fizzled during the last decade, while dozens of other states have legalized it for medical use and a few have legalized it for recreational use.
With the clock ticking down on the legislative session Sunday, Texas lawmakers signed off on loosening what some call the nation’s toughest voter ID requirements, sending the controversial and priority measure to the governor’s desk.
The former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton Award winner had said that one key to a potential Denver victory was the play of the midfield to loosen up Maryland’s defense from up top.
A Virginia federal judge who upheld Miranda rights, loosened campaign finance strictures and sent both a Romanian hacker and a high-ranking CIA agent to prison will retire this fall.
Eras come and go in sports, and James' hold on the Eastern Conference ultimately will loosen.
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First Known Use of loosen
LOOSEN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of loosen for Students
: to make or become less tight or firmly fixed Can you loosen this screw? His grip loosened.
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