loosen

[ loo-suh n ]
/ ˈlu sən /

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.

Nearby words

  1. loose-limbed,
  2. loose-lipped,
  3. loose-tongued,
  4. loosebox,
  5. loosely,
  6. looseness,
  7. loosening of association,
  8. loosening of associations,
  9. loosestrife,
  10. loosestrife family

Origin of loosen

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

Related formsloos·en·er, noun

Can be confusedloose 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 Formsloosener, noun

Word Origin for loosen

C14: from loose

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Word Origin and History for loosen

loosen

v.

late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from loose (v.) + -en (1). Related: Loosened; loosening.

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