[ loo-suh n ]
/ ˈlu sən /
verb (used with object)
to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
to make less tight; slacken or relax: to loosen one's grasp.
to make less firmly fixed in place: to loosen a tooth.
to let loose or set free from bonds, restraint, or constraint.
to make less close or compact in structure or arrangement.
to make less dense or coherent: to loosen the soil in a garden.
to relax in strictness or severity, as restraint or discipline: to loosen restrictions on trade.
to relieve (the bowels) of their constipated condition.
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
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/ (ˈluːsən) /
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
Word Origin for loosen
C14: from loose
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