Synonyms and Antonyms of loosen
1 to make less taut the lead climber loosened the climbing rope so that the other climber could have more room to maneuver Synonyms of loosen ease, slacken, relax, slackWords Related to loosen detach, free, unbind, undo, unfasten, untieNear Antonyms of loosen attach, bind, fasten, tie; constrain, restrainAntonyms of loosen strain, stretch, tense, tension, tighten
2 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) the secret police have ways of loosening your tongue Synonyms of loosen discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, free, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterWords Related to loosen bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms of loosen handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms of loosen bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain
3 to set free (from a state of being held in check) the well-known fact that alcohol tends to loosen a person's inhibitions Synonyms of loosen loose, release, uncork, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosenWords Related to loosen discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter, unmoor, unshackle; air, express, take out, ventNear Antonyms of loosen handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; bind, confine, enchain, fetter; halter, hamperAntonyms of loosen bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame
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