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loosening

verb
present participle of loosen

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1 to make less taut
  • the lead climber loosened the climbing rope so that the other climber could have more room to maneuver

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2 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
  • the dog ran after the squirrel after he was loosened from the post

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3 to set free (from a state of being held in check)
  • once he got to know us better, his inhibitions loosened a bit

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“Loosening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/loosening. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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