loosen

[ loo-suhn ]
/ ˈlu sən /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become loose or looser (sometimes followed by up): His hold loosened. Your shoes will loosen up with wear.

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Origin of loosen

First recorded in 1350–1400, loosen is from the Middle English word loosnen.See loose, -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM loosen

loos·en·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH loosen

loose, loosen , lose, loss
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British Dictionary definitions for loosen

loosen
/ (ˈluːsən) /

verb

to make or become less tight, fixed, etc
(often foll by up) to make or become less firm, compact, or rigid
(tr) to untie
(tr) to let loose; set free
(often foll by up) to make or become less strict, severe, etc
(tr) to rid or relieve (the bowels) of constipation

Derived forms of loosen

loosener, noun

Word Origin for loosen

C14: from loose
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