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loose

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 not tightly fastened, tied, or stretched
  • secure your neckerchief with a loose knot

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2 consisting of particles that do not stick together
  • the car wheels slipped on the loose gravel in the driveway

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3 not bound by rigid standards
  • we tend to be loose with the dress code when we aren't hosting clients at the office

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4 not bound, confined, or detained by force
  • there was a brief panic when the lion got loose from its cage at the zoo

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6 having or showing lowered moral character or standards
  • the loose life that he led in the years before he settled down and found his path

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loose

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of loose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause (a projectile) to be driven forward with force
  • the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them

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2 to find emotional release for
  • do not loose your pent-up frustrations on the next person who happens by

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3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
  • the ranchers loosed the horses from their stables and into the paddock

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4 to set free (from a state of being held in check)
  • the storm loosed its full fury when it hit the coastline at high tide

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

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“Loose.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/loose. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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