loosen

  • 1 loosen — ► VERB 1) make or become loose. 2) (loosen up) warm up in preparation for an activity. ● loosen someone s tongue Cf. ↑loosen someone s tongue DERIVATIVES loosener noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 2 Loosen — Loos en (l[=oo]s n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loosened} (l[=oo]s nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Loosening}.] [See {Loose}, v. t.] 1. To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 loosen up — (someone) to behave in a relaxed, informal way. Slowly she began to loosen up and, by the second semester, she was making friends with her classmates. The question was supposed to loosen people up and chase away their anxieties …

    New idioms dictionary

  • 4 loosen — [lo͞os′ən] vt., vi. to make or become loose or looser; specif., a) to free from confinement or restraint; unbind, unfasten, etc. b) to make less taut, less compact, etc. ☆ loosen up Informal 1. to talk freely 2. to give money generously 3. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Loosen — Loos en, v. i. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 loosen — index disencumber, disentangle, disenthrall, dissociate, ease, extricate, give (yield), remit ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 Loosen — Forme génitive du néerlandais Loos, surnom désignant une personne rusée. Loos est aussi en allemand un hypocoristique de Ludwig (= Louis). Enfin, c est parfois un toponyme avec le sens de prairie marécageuse (germanique lauth) …

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  • 8 loosen — (v.) late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from LOOSE (Cf. loose) (v.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Loosened; loosening …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 loosen — loos|en [ˈlu:sən] v 1.) [I and T] to make something less tight or less firmly fastened, or to become less tight or less firmly fastened ≠ ↑tighten ▪ You ll need a spanner to loosen that bolt. ▪ The screws have loosened. ▪ Harry loosened his tie.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 loosen — [[t]lu͟ːs(ə)n[/t]] loosens, loosening, loosened 1) VERB If someone loosens restrictions or laws, for example, they make them less strict or severe. [V n] Many business groups have been pressing the Federal Reserve to loosen interest rates... [V… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 loosen — UK [ˈluːs(ə)n] / US [ˈlus(ə)n] verb Word forms loosen : present tense I/you/we/they loosen he/she/it loosens present participle loosening past tense loosened past participle loosened 1) [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 loosen — loos|en [ lusn ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to become or make something less tightly fastened: I d eaten so much I had to loosen my belt. 2. ) intransitive or transitive to become or make something less firmly fixed in position: To open …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 loosen — verb 1 (I, T) to make something less tight or less firmly fixed, or to become less tight or less firmly fixed: You ll need a spanner to loosen that bolt. | Check the plug there may be a loosened connection. 2 (T) to unfasten something, especially …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 loosen — loosener, n. /looh seuhn/, v.t. 1. to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter. 2. to make less tight; slacken or relax: to loosen one s grasp. 3. to make less firmly fixed in place: to loosen a tooth. 4. to let loose or set free from bonds,… …

    Universalium

  • 15 loosen — loos•en [[t]ˈlu sən[/t]] v. t. 1) to make less tight: to loosen a belt; to loosen one s grasp[/ex] 2) to make less firmly fixed in place: to loosen a tooth[/ex] 3) to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter 4) to set free from restraint or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 loosen up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If a person or situation loosens up, they become more relaxed and less tense. [V P] Relax, smile; loosen up in mind and body and behaviour... [V P] Things loosened up, in politics and the economy... [V P n] I think people have… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 loosen — verb 1) loosen the clothesline you simply loosen two screws Syn: make slack, slacken, unstick; unfasten, detach, release, disconnect, undo, unclasp, unlatch, unbolt Ant: tighten …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 loosen up — phrasal verb Word forms loosen up : present tense I/you/we/they loosen up he/she/it loosens up present participle loosening up past tense loosened up past participle loosened up 1) [intransitive/transitive] to exercise your muscles before doing… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 loosen — /ˈlusən / (say loohsuhn) verb (t) 1. to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter. 2. to make less tight; slacken or relax: to loosen one s grasp. 3. to make less firmly fixed in place: to loosen a clamp. 4. to let loose or set free from bonds,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 loosen — loose, loosen Both words involve removal of restraints, physical or otherwise. The difference is that loose releases or sets free whereas loosen only makes more loose (or less tight). To loose a prisoner from his bonds is to set him free; to… …

    Modern English usage