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v. loos·ened, loos·en·ing, loos·ens
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.
To become loose or looser: My shoelace has loosened.
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.]
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|Verb||1.||loosen up - cause to become unblocked; "The medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!"|
unblock - clear or remove an obstruction from; "the procedure unblocked his arteries"
|2.||loosen up - become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"|
|3.||loosen up - make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity|
|4.||loosen up - become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"|
vege out, vegetate - engage in passive relaxation; "After a hard day's work, I vegetate in front of the television"
|5.||loosen up - cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me"|
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
unbend - release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"