Synonyms and Antonyms of loosen
to make less taut
- The lead climber loosened the climbing rope so that the other climber could have more room to maneuver.
to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
- The dentist loosened the impacted wisdom tooth from the gum.
discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, free, liberate, loose, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter
bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save
adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate
handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel
commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up)
conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugate
to set free (from a state of being held in check)
- Once he got to know us better, his inhibitions loosened a bit.
discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter, unmoor, unshackle
air, express, vent
bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame