un·​loose | \ ˌən-ˈlüs How to pronounce unloose (audio) \
unloosed; unloosing; unlooses

Definition of unloose

transitive verb

1 : to relax the strain of unloose a grip
2 : to release from or as if from restraints : set free
3 : to loosen the ties of unloose traditional social bonds

Examples of unloose in a Sentence

He unloosed the bonds that held her. the familiar scent unloosed a flood of pleasant memories from her childhood
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First Known Use of unloose

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unloose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unloose. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unloose

: to untie or release (something)
: to allow or cause (something powerful) to happen or be expressed


un·​loose | \ ˌən-ˈlüs How to pronounce unloose (audio) \
unloosed; unloosing

Kids Definition of unloose

1 : to make looser : relax I unloosed my grip.
2 : to set free


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