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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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a relaxing of something: a loosening of monetary policy.
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|Noun||1.||loosening - an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"|
weakening - becoming weaker
thaw - a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile; "the thaw between the United States and Russia has led to increased cooperation in world affairs"
|2.||loosening - the act of making something less tight|
unfastening, untying, undoing - loosening the ties that fasten something; "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"
modification, adjustment, alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
tightening - the act of making something tighter; "the tightening of economic controls"
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