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Definitions of loosen

  1. make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make less dense; "loosen the soil" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To free from restraint; to set at liberty.. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To free from tightness or restraint. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To become less tight or firm. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To make loose: to relax anything tied or rigid: to make less dense: to open, as the bowels. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To become loose: to become less tight. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To make loose. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To free from tightness, tension, or fixedness; to render less dense; to free from restraint; to open, as the bowels. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To become loose; to become less tight or compact. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To free from tightness; to render less tight or compact; to relax; to become loose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Loose (person\'s tongue); make or become less tight or compact or firm; relieve (bowels) from costiveness or (cough) from dryness; relax (discipline &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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