loosen definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb, intransitive verb
to make or become loose or looser; specif.,
- to free from confinement or restraint; unbind, unfasten, etc.
- to make less taut, less compact, etc.
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- loosener noun
loosen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
verb loos·ened, loos·en·ing, loos·ens verb, transitive
- To untie or make looser.
- To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness.
- To free (the bowels) from constipation.
To become loose or looser.
Origin: Middle English lousnen, losnen, from losen, from los, loose; see loose.
loosen - Phrases/Idioms
loosen upâ Informal
- to talk freely
- to give money generously
- to relax