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
The Obama administration slowly loosened the ban and Congress finally ended it in late 2015 in a compromise that also extended tax credits for renewable energy.
Run a butter knife around perimeter of pan to loosen loaf, then tap pan gently on its side until loaf releases.
In Your Life: Loosen things up this month and really feel into the process.
President Emmanuel Macron is wasting no time tackling the most explosive item on his economic policy agenda: loosening France’s famously rigid labor laws.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recently loosened its recommendations for screen time, almost everyone agrees that too much leaves less time for physical activity, which can lead to a higher risk of obesity and depression.
That would be possible because the bill loosens a series of current requirements on insurers.
Legislation in the U.S. House would loosen the rules that currently make gun silencers as hard to get as a machine gun — laws put on the books after Kansas City’s 1933 Union Station massacre.
Most significantly, Obama loosened travel restrictions so that practically any American could visit Cuba, as long as their trip included educational activities, including people-to-people cultural exchange.
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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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