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.
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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