Loosen meaning

lo͝osən
To make looser or less tight.

Loosened his tie; loosened her grip on the rope.

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To make looser or less tight.
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To free the bowels from constipation.
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To make loose.

To loosen a knot.

After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.

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To free from restraint; to set at liberty.
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To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.

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To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness.

Loosened the requirements for graduation.

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To free (the bowels) from constipation.
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To become loose or looser.

My shoelace has loosened.

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To make or become loose or looser.
  • To free from confinement or restraint; unbind, unfasten, etc.
  • To make less taut, less compact, etc.
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(informal) loosen up
  • to talk freely
  • to relax
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of loosen

  • Middle English lousnen, losnen from losen from los loose loose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From loose +"Ž -en.

    From Wiktionary