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]
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]
- Audio (US)
make something less tight; unfasten
abate, bate, cast off, cushion, cut apart, detach, diffuse, discharge, disengage, disenthrall, disjoin, disperse, doff, ease, ease off, ease up, emancipate, fluff, free, gentle, knead, lax, laxate, let down, let go, let up, liberate, limber, limber up, loose, manumit, mash, massage, mellow, milden, mitigate, mollify, plump, pulp, relax, release, remit, remove, scatter, separate, sever, shake up, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake, smash, soften, soften up, squash, subdue, supple, take off, tenderize, tone down, tune down, unbar, unbend, unbind, unbolt, unbrace, unbridle, unbuckle, unbutton, uncage, unchain, unclasp, undo, unfasten, unfetter, ungag, unglue, unhandcuff, unhobble, unhook, unlace, unlash, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen, unmanacle, unmuzzle, unpen, unpinion, unscrew, unshackle, unstick, unstrain, unstrap, unstring, untether, untie, untighten, untruss, unyoke, weaken, weigh anchor