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loosen

verb (v)

  • make loose or looser (verb.change)
    Synonym: loose
    Example:
    Loosen the tension on a rope.
    source: wordnet30
  • make less severe or strict (verb.social)
    Synonym: relax
    source: wordnet30
  • become less severe or strict (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • disentangle and raise the fibers of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: tease, tease apart
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to become loose (verb.contact)
    Synonym: undo, untie
    Example:
    Loosen the necktie.
    source: wordnet30
  • make less dense (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Loosen the soil.
    source: wordnet30
  • become loose or looser or less tight (verb.change)
    Synonym: loose, relax
    Antonym: stiffen
    Example:
    The noose loosened.
    source: wordnet30
  • To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string, or a knot; to loosen a rock in the earth. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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