loose

adjective
\ ˈlüs How to pronounce loose (audio) \
looser; loosest

Definition of loose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement loose soil
b : not solid : watery loose stools
4a : 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
5a : not tightly drawn or stretched : slack a loose belt
b : being flexible or relaxed stay loose
6a : 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

loose

verb
\ ˈlüs How to pronounce loose (audio) \
loosed; loosing

Definition of loose (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to let loose (see loose entry 1) : 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

loose

adverb
\ ˈlüs How to pronounce loose (audio) \

Definition of loose (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from loose

Adjective

looseness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for loose

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of loose in a Sentence

Adjective Some of the shingles on the roof were loose. The rope was tied in a loose knot. The nails had been pried loose. Some of the shingles had come loose. The boat came loose from its moorings and floated out into the harbor. The ball popped loose from the shortstop's glove. loose reins on a horse She was wearing a loose dress. The dog was wandering loose in the streets. Verb The soldiers loosed a volley of rifle fire. the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To create a headband, tie the yarn together at each end and trim the loose ends. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Museum of Art teaches kids how to weave a headband," 16 Oct. 2020 In the latest episode of Windy City Rehab, Alison Victoria tries to tie up loose ends after ending her partnership with contractor and developer Donovan Eckhardt. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Alison Victoria Explains Why She Filed a Lawsuit Against Donovan Eckhardt," 14 Oct. 2020 Curl the loose ends of your braids using a small-barrel curling wand. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Oh, Baby!," 5 Oct. 2020 In addition, the defense was let loose on special teams and made some impressive plays, including blocking two punts. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gary Andersen bullish on Aggies after first week of camp; coach walks back opt-out comments," 3 Oct. 2020 Streveler still has loose ends to tie up from his CFL days. Star Tribune, "Chris Streveler goes from Gophers afterthought to NFL quarterback," 15 Sep. 2020 Airbnb may also cut you loose to protect the personal safety or property of Airbnb, its members or third parties. Christopher Elliott, chicagotribune.com, "Airbnb closed my account. Am I locked out forever? Travel Troubleshooter investigates.," 6 Oct. 2020 Trey Burton is going to make his Colts debut against the team that cut him loose. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts give Philip Rivers help, activate tight end Trey Burton in time to play Bears," 3 Oct. 2020 Velazquez played in 40 of Baltimore's 52 games before being cut loose after batting .159 with four steals. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "Streaking Rays beat Orioles 3-1 to maintain lead in AL East," 19 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Second, there is a much stronger consensus among economists now that loose monetary policy causes high inflation. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 31," 4 Sep. 2020 An irate protester pointed at them and let loose a stream of profanities. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'Say his name! George Floyd!': Nationwide protests continue on 'Blackout Tuesday' in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, across US," 3 June 2020 Moreover, there are serious reasons to believe that China’s responsibility runs deeper: that the virus was loosed on the population owing to laxity at the viral-research labs in Wuhan, effectively a viral Chernobyl. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "China in 2020 Is Not Kansas in 1918," 4 May 2020 The nine planes flew in formation above the River Thames and let loose their red, white and blue smoke to mark the colors of the Union Jack. Fox News, "Europe marks VE Day anniversary in low-key fashion due to coronavirus lockdown," 9 May 2020 Under the right conditions, that moisture will form clouds, which may eventually let loose some rain. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Stay-at-home science project: Whip up a storm in a glass," 27 Apr. 2020 Another woman bent down, pretending to be a micro wrestler while letting loose a howling laugh. Washington Post, "Inside the world of micro wrestlers living their dreams," 1 Mar. 2020 Harris had a drive-ending sack on third-and-8, Tavon Wilson laid a big hit on Jones to knock loose a pass in the fourth quarter, and Tracy Walker had two pass breakups, including one on a pass to Graham in the end zone that forced a field goal. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions grades: Why Matt Patricia gets an A-minus after ninth straight loss," 29 Dec. 2019 Those who rented a luxury cottage on the grounds were treated to loose late-night jam sessions that kicked off at midnight with the Texas Gentlemen. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Inaugural Revival Fest Brings Small-Scale Luxury Concert Experience to Austin," 14 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Then, two days later, Greeley let loose—not to revisit the killing or to meditate on the lessons of the hanging, but to excoriate the newspapers that had so avidly covered both. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Horace Greeley Turned Newspapers Legitimate and Saved the Media From Itself," 6 Mar. 2020 A day after being shut out by the Marlins on four hits, the Braves broke loose. Charles Odum, orlandosentinel.com, "Braves set franchise record for runs in 29-9 romp over Marlins," 10 Sep. 2020 With just over three minutes remaining Thompson broke loose for what should have been the game-sealing 75-yard rushing touchdown to put Texas Tech up 15. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Five takeaways from Texas Tech’s 63-56 OT loss to Texas, including squandered opportunities," 27 Sep. 2020 Torre Weatherspoon broke loose on a 34-yard touchdown run up the middle. cleveland, "Parkowski’s 181 yards on 30 carries leads No. 12 Olmsted Falls to 56-35 victory over No. 23 Amherst," 25 Sep. 2020 The game broke loose in the fourth, after Flaherty gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. Tom Kertscher, Star Tribune, "Yelich, Braun lead Brewers to 18-3 romp over Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2020 Officials said a three-mile bridge that connects Pensacola to Gulf Breeze was shut down due to a barge that broke loose and ended up wedged under the bridge. Fox News, "Hurricane Sally floods Gulf Coast as officials urge residents in low-lying areas to 'run from the water'," 15 Sep. 2020 Gardendale found pay dirt on its next drive -- following a failed onside kick attempt by the Cougars -- as L.T Sanders broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown run. Evan Dudley, al, "Clay-Chalkville rolls to 38-17 win over Gardendale," 12 Sep. 2020 A day after being shut out by the Marlins on four hits, the Braves broke loose. Charles Odum, orlandosentinel.com, "Braves set franchise record for runs in 29-9 romp over Marlins," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of loose

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loose

Adjective, Verb, and Adverb

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

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The first known use of loose was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for loose

loose

adjective
How to pronounce loose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not tightly fastened, attached, or held
: not pulled or stretched tight
of clothing : not fitting close to your body : not tight

loose

verb
How to pronounce loose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loose (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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
How to pronounce loose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loose (Entry 3 of 3)

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

loose

adjective
\ ˈlüs How to pronounce loose (audio) \
looser; loosest

Kids Definition of loose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from loose

loosely adverb
looseness noun

loose

verb
loosed; loosing

Kids Definition of loose (Entry 2 of 2)

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

loose

adjective
\ ˈlüs How to pronounce loose (audio) \
looser; loosest

Medical Definition of loose

1a : 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
2a : 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

Other Words from loose

loosely adverb
looseness noun

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