verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of loosen
Related formsloos·en·er, noun
Examples from the Web for loosen
Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.
Not even the knowledge gleaned from all the books in the world can loosen the grasp of human sadness.
Add a dash of milk to loosen, although you want the mixture thick.
Past attempts to loosen the grip of taxi cartels have been thwarted by the industry.
Spurred by this success, Austin and Benedetto plan to loosen control over the guest list even more for future events.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners|Nina Strochlic|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Avon now managed to loosen the loop sufficiently 260 to slip it off the imprisoned leg.The Great Cattle Trail|Edward S. Ellis
"Tell one of the surgeons to come at once," was the Colonel's order, while he knelt to loosen his clothing.In the Van; or, The Builders|John Price-Brown
With such dangers in his path, it is a grave responsibility to loosen the restraints which hold such a young man to virtue.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Loosen collar, waist bands, and unhook corset, or cut the laces behind.
I heard some gate close after that, and mamma's arms seemed to loosen from me, and I knew then I was not dying.'Heriot's Choice|Rosa Nouchette Carey