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loos·en

 (lo͞o′sən)
v. loos·ened, loos·en·ing, loos·ens
v.tr.
1. To make looser or less tight: loosened his tie; loosened her grip on the rope.
2. To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness: loosened the requirements for graduation.
3. To free (the bowels) from constipation.
v.intr.
To become loose or looser: My shoelace has loosened.
Phrasal Verb:
loosen up
1. To do stretches or light exercise before a more strenuous activity.
2. To become less strict or tense, as in one's demeanor; relax: always loosened up after he got home.

[Middle English lousnen, losnen, from losen, from los, loose; see loose.]

loosen

(ˈluːsən)
vb
1. to make or become less tight, fixed, etc
2. (often foll by up) to make or become less firm, compact, or rigid
3. (tr) to untie
4. (tr) to let loose; set free
5. (often foll by up) to make or become less strict, severe, etc
6. (Medicine) (tr) to rid or relieve (the bowels) of constipation
[C14: from loose]
ˈloosener n

loos•en

(ˈlu sən)
v.t.
1. to make less tight: to loosen a belt; to loosen one's grasp.
2. to make less firmly fixed in place: to loosen a tooth.
3. to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
4. to set free from restraint or constraint.
5. to make less compact or dense: to loosen the soil.
6. to relax in strictness or severity.
7. to relieve (the bowels) of constipation.
v.i.
8. to become loose or looser (sometimes fol. by up).
9. loosen up, to become less tense or formal; relax.
[1350–1400; Middle English loosnen. See loose, -en1]
loos′en•er, n.

loosen

  • laxative - Can mean "having the power of relaxing" (from Latin laxare, "loosen").
  • loess - Loam composed of matter transported by wind, from German losz, "loosen."
  • resolution - From Latin resolutio-/resolution, from resolvere, meaning "to loosen or dissolve again," which was the original meaning.
  • solve - First meant "loosen"—from Latin solvere, "free, unfasten."

loosen


Past participle: loosened
Gerund: loosening

Imperative
loosen
loosen
Present
I loosen
you loosen
he/she/it loosens
we loosen
you loosen
they loosen
Preterite
I loosened
you loosened
he/she/it loosened
we loosened
you loosened
they loosened
Present Continuous
I am loosening
you are loosening
he/she/it is loosening
we are loosening
you are loosening
they are loosening
Present Perfect
I have loosened
you have loosened
he/she/it has loosened
we have loosened
you have loosened
they have loosened
Past Continuous
I was loosening
you were loosening
he/she/it was loosening
we were loosening
you were loosening
they were loosening
Past Perfect
I had loosened
you had loosened
he/she/it had loosened
we had loosened
you had loosened
they had loosened
Future
I will loosen
you will loosen
he/she/it will loosen
we will loosen
you will loosen
they will loosen
Future Perfect
I will have loosened
you will have loosened
he/she/it will have loosened
we will have loosened
you will have loosened
they will have loosened
Future Continuous
I will be loosening
you will be loosening
he/she/it will be loosening
we will be loosening
you will be loosening
they will be loosening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been loosening
you have been loosening
he/she/it has been loosening
we have been loosening
you have been loosening
they have been loosening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been loosening
you will have been loosening
he/she/it will have been loosening
we will have been loosening
you will have been loosening
they will have been loosening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been loosening
you had been loosening
he/she/it had been loosening
we had been loosening
you had been loosening
they had been loosening
Conditional
I would loosen
you would loosen
he/she/it would loosen
we would loosen
you would loosen
they would loosen
Past Conditional
I would have loosened
you would have loosened
he/she/it would have loosened
we would have loosened
you would have loosened
they would have loosened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.loosen - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
relax, unbend - make less taut; "relax the tension on the rope"
slacken, remit - make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
slack - release tension on; "slack the rope"
unscrew - loosen something by unscrewing it; "unscrew the outlet plate"
unscrew - loosen by turning; "unscrew the bottle cap"
stiffen - make stiff or stiffer; "Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"
2.loosen - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
loosen, relax - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
3.loosen - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
loosen, relax - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
4.loosen - disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
unsnarl, disentangle, straighten out - extricate from entanglement; "Can you disentangle the cord?"
5.loosen - cause to become looseloosen - cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
6.loosen - make less dense; "loosen the soil"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
scarify - break up; "scarify soil"
fluff, ruffle - erect or fluff up; "the bird ruffled its feathers"
7.loosen - become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
stiffen - become stiff or stiffer; "He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"

loosen

verb
1. untie, undo, release, separate, detach, let out, unstick, slacken, unbind, work free, work loose, unloose He loosened the scarf around his neck.
2. slacken, ease, work free, work loose The ties that bind them are loosening.
3. weaken, relax, lessen, release, reduce, slacken There is no sign that the Party will loosen its grip on the country.
loosen up relax, chill (slang), soften, unwind, go easy (informal), lighten up (slang), hang loose, outspan (S. African), ease up or off Relax, smile; loosen up in mind and body.

loosen

verb
1. To free from ties or fasteners:
2. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
Translations
يُخَفَّف قَبْضَتَه، يُرخييَفُك، يُرْخي
povolituvolnit
løsneløsne sig
kioldódiklazuloldódik
losalosna; losa, leysa
zrahljati
gevşe mekgevşetmek

loosen

[ˈluːsn]
A. VT
1. (= slacken) → aflojar; (= untie) → desatar
to loosen one's grip on sthdejar de apretar algo con tanta fuerza
2. [+ restrictions] → aflojar, reducir
B. VI (= come unfastened) → soltarse, desatarse; (= get slack) → aflojarse
loosen up
A. VI + ADV (gen) → desentumecerse; (before game) → desentumecer los músculos, entrar en calor (= relax) → soltarse, relajarse
to loosen up on sb (fig) → tratar a algn con menos severidad
B. VT + ADV [+ muscles] → desentumecer

loosen

[ˈluːsən] vt
[+ screw, bolt] → desserrer
[+ clothes, tie, belt] → desserrer
to loosen one's grip on sth (= hold less tightly) → relâcher sa prise sur qch
He loosened his grip on her and she wriggled free → Il relâcha son étreinte et elle se libéra en se tortillant. (= relinquish control of) → relâcher son emprise sur qch
He refused to loosen his grip on power → Il refusa de lâcher les rênes du pouvoir.
[+ restrictions, laws] → relâcher, assouplir
to loosen sb's tongue → délier la langue à qn
loosen up
vi
(before exercise)s'échauffer

loosen

vt
(= free)befreien; tonguelösen
(= untie)losmachen, lösen
(= slacken)lockern; beltlockern, weiter machen; soilauflockern; collaraufmachen; reinslocker lassen; to loosen one’s grip on something (lit)seinen Griff um etw lockern; (fig) on the party, on poweretw nicht mehr so fest im Griff haben
visich lockern

loosen

[ˈluːsn]
1. vt (slacken, screw, belt, knot) → allentare; (rope, grip) → mollare; (clothing) → slacciare; (untie) → disfare (fig) (tongue) → sciogliere
2. vi (all senses) → allentarsi
loosen up vi + adv (before game) → sciogliere i muscoli, scaldarsi (fam) (relax) → rilassarsi

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.

loosen

vt soltar, aflojar; Loosen your belt, please..Suelte (Afloje) el cinturón, por favor.
References in classic literature ?
One other will be enough to make him loosen his coils
That summer at Grand Isle she began to loosen a little the mantle of reserve that had always enveloped her.
There were the wool-pluckers, whose hands went to pieces even sooner than the hands of the pickle men; for the pelts of the sheep had to be painted with acid to loosen the wool, and then the pluckers had to pull out this wool with their bare hands, till the acid had eaten their fingers off.
The poor thing couldn't bear that; she grew white and red in rapid succession, and, while tears beaded her lashes, bent the strength of her small fingers to loosen the firm clutch of Catherine; and perceiving that as fast as she raised one finger off her arm another closed down, and she could not remove the whole together, she began to make use of her nails; and their sharpness presently ornamented the detainer's with crescents of red.
Miss Dartle suddenly kneeled down before it, and began to loosen the dress.
Had I given Joe's innocent heart no cause to feel instinctively that as I got stronger, his hold upon me would be weaker, and that he had better loosen it in time and let me go, before I plucked myself away?
At last it was done--no easy task, for the numbed hands of the Kaffirs could scarcely loosen the frozen reims.
He could not loosen it; so he buried them like the others and continued his path.
The Canadian began to loosen the bolts which still held us to the submarine boat.
They set noiselessly to work, and the Parsee on one side and Passepartout on the other began to loosen the bricks so as to make an aperture two feet wide.
Oh, monsieur, procurator's wife or duchess, if she will but loosen her pursestrings, it will be all the same; but she positively answered that she was tired of the exigencies and infidelities of Monsieur Porthos, and that she would not send him a denier.
In the first place, I was four years making the tools I possess, and have been two years scraping and digging out earth, hard as granite itself; then what toil and fatigue has it not been to remove huge stones I should once have deemed impossible to loosen.