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loose

 (lo͞os)
adj. loos·er, loos·est
1. Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
2. Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
3. Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
4. Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
5. Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
6. Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
7. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
8. Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
9. Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
10. Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
11. Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels.
adv.
In a loose manner.
tr.v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es
1. To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.
2. To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.
3. To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.
4. To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.
5. To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.
6. To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.
Idiom:
on the loose
1. At large; free.
2. Acting in an uninhibited fashion.

[Middle English louse, los, from Old Norse lauss; see leu- in Indo-European roots.]

loose′ly adv.
loose′ness n.
Synonyms: loose, lax, slack1
These adjectives mean not tautly bound, held, or fastened: loose reins; a lax rope; slack sails.
Antonym: tight
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.loosely - in a relaxed manner; not rigid; "his hands lay loosely"
2.loosely - in a loose manner; "a union of loosely federated states"
3.loosely - without regard to specific details or exceptions; "he interprets the law broadly"
4.loosely - knitted in a loose manner; "loosely knit"
Translations
بِصورَةٍ رَخْوَه او فَضْفاضَه
volně
fritløst
nem szorosan
lauslega
rahlo

loosely

[ˈluːslɪ] ADV
1. (= not tightly) [fasten, tie] → con un nudo flojo, ligeramente; [hold] → sin apretar, ligeramente
a loosely tied bandageun vendaje poco apretado
cover the dish loosely with foilcubrir la fuente ligeramente con papel de plata
to hang loosely [arms] → colgar relajado; [skin, flesh] → colgar fláccido
his shirt hung loosely from his shouldersla camisa le caía ancha de hombros
2. (= not precisely) [translated] → libremente
a novel loosely based on the life of Shakespeareuna novela basada, en términos generales, sobre la vida de Shakespeare
it is loosely defined asen términos generales se define como ..., sin ser muy precisos or rigurosos se define como ...
loosely speakinghablando en términos generales
what is loosely termed socialist realismlo que se denomina, de forma poco precisa, realismo socialista
3. (= informally) [organized, structured] → sin mucha rigidez, con bastante flexibilidad
groups loosely connected to the Hizbollah movementgrupos mpl que tienen cierta conexión con el movimiento Hezbolá

loosely

[ˈluːsli] adv
(not tight) [hold, hang, tie] → sans serrer
Tie the knot loosely → Faites le nœud sans serrer.
He tied his belt loosely → Il a noué sa ceinture sans la serrer.
a shirt tied loosely at the waist
BUT une chemise lâchement nouée à la taille.
His shirt hung loosely over his thin shoulders
BUT Sa chemise pendait sur ses maigres épaules.
(not strictly) [linked, connected] → vaguement; [define, translate] → approximativement
loosely structured
loosely structured therapy sessions → des séances de thérapie peu structurées
loosely based
a film loosely based on real-life events → un film qui s'inspire librement d'événements réels
loosely speaking → grosso modo, en grosloosely-knit [ˌluːsliˈnɪt] adj [group, alliance] → élastique

loosely

adv
lose, locker; knit, weavelocker; in hot countries it’s better to be loosely dressed in robesin warmen Ländern trägt man besser weit geschnittene or lose hängende Kleider; his hands dangled loosely from his wristser ließ seine Hände locker baumeln; he held her hand loosely in hiser hielt ihre Hand locker in der seinen
(= imprecisely) loosely speakinggrob gesagt; loosely translatedfrei übersetzt; loosely based on Shakespearefrei nach Shakespeare; the character is loosely based on Xdie Figur ist frei nach X gestaltet; what is loosely termed socialist realismdas, was man ganz allgemein als sozialistischen Realismus bezeichnet; I was using the word rather looselyich habe das Wort ziemlich frei gebraucht; they are loosely connectedsie hängen lose zusammen
(= informally) organized, structuredlose; a loosely knit groupeine lose Gruppe
behaveunmoralisch; he lives looselyer führt ein loses or lockeres Leben

loosely

[ˈluːslɪ] adv (hold, tie) → senza stringere; (associate) → vagamente; (translate) → liberamente; (use word) → in modo improprio

loose

(luːs) adjective
1. not tight; not firmly stretched. a loose coat; This belt is loose.
2. not firmly fixed. This button is loose.
3. not tied; free. The horses are loose in the field.
4. not packed; not in a packet. loose biscuits.
ˈloosely adverb
ˈlooseness noun
ˈloosen verb
1. to make or become loose. She loosened the string; The screw had loosened and fallen out.
2. to relax (eg a hold). He loosened his grip.
ˌloose-ˈleaf adjective
(of a notebook etc) made so that pages can easily be added or removed.
break loose
to escape. The prisoner broke loose.
let loose
to free from control. The circus trainer has let the lions loose.

a loose (not lose) screw.
References in classic literature ?
I offered my pockets, but Tony shook her head and carefully put the green insect in her hair, tying her big handkerchief down loosely over her curls.
She took Edna's hand between her strong wiry fingers, holding it loosely without warmth, and executing a sort of double theme upon the back and palm.
His head was shaved, as usual, with the exception of the crown, from whose tuft three or four faded feathers from a hawk's wing were loosely dangling.
A mob of children was seen moving onward, or stopping, in unison with the sound, which appeared to proceed from the centre of the throng; so that they were loosely bound together by slender strains of harmony, and drawn along captive; with ever and anon an accession of some little fellow in an apron and straw-hat, capering forth from door or gateway.
He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together.
Why to the man of untutored ideality, who happens to be but loosely acquainted with the peculiar character of the day, does the bare mention of Whitsuntide marshal in the fancy such long, dreary, speechless processions of slow-pacing pilgrims, downcast and hooded with new-fallen snow?
Then there came up a broad-faced man, dressed in a great gray coat with great gray cape and great white buttons, a gray hat, and a blue comforter loosely tied round his neck; his hair was gray, too; but he was a jolly-looking fellow, and the other men made way for him.
Some hold their hands out stiffly, some drop them loosely at their sides.
We knocked the head out of an empty hogshead and hoisted this hogshead to the flat roof of the chapel, where we clamped it down fast, poured in gunpowder till it lay loosely an inch deep on the bottom, then we stood up rockets in the hogshead as thick as they could loosely stand, all the different breeds of rockets there are; and they made a portly and imposing sheaf, I can tell you.
He was about eighteen, or possibly nineteen; slender and of medium height; open, frank, happy face; a restless but independent eye; a snub nose, which had the air of drawing back with a decent reserve from the silky new-born mustache below it until it should be introduced; a loosely hung jaw, calculated to work easily in the sockets.
The hills were many, and the reins lay loosely in his hands as he lolled back in his seat and extended one foot and leg luxuriously over the dashboard.
If they move him at all, it is only to a quiet smile, as he shakes his hair a little more loosely about his face.