AskDefine | Define loosen

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loosen

Verb

1 make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" [syn: loose] [ant: stiffen]
2 make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught" [syn: relax]
3 become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived" [syn: relax]
4 disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: tease, tease apart]
5 cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie" [syn: untie, undo]
6 make less dense; "loosen the soil"
7 become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" [syn: relax, loose] [ant: stiffen]

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Verb

  1. make something less tight; unfasten
    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.

Translations

make something less tight; unfasten

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