What does loosen mean?

Definitions for loosen
ˈlu sənloosen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loosen, looseverb

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

  2. relax, loosenverb

    make less severe or strict

    "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

  3. relax, loosenverb

    become less severe or strict

    "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

  4. tease, tease apart, loosenverb

    disentangle and raise the fibers of

    "tease wool"

  5. untie, undo, loosenverb

    cause to become loose

    "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"

  6. loosenverb

    make less dense

    "loosen the soil"

  7. loosen, relax, looseverb

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"


  1. loosenverb

    make something less tight; unfasten

    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Loosenverb

    Etymology: from loose.

    After a year’s rooting, then shaking doth the tree good, by loosening of the earth. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    She breaks her back, the loosen’d sides give way,
    And plunge the Tuscan soldiers in the sea. John Dryden, Æn.

    It resolves those difficulties which the rules beget; it loosens his hands, and assists his understanding. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Fear looseneth the belly; because the heat retiring towards the heart, the guts are relaxed in the same manner as fear also causeth trembling. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 41.

  2. To Loosenverb

    To part.

    Etymology: from loose.

    When the polypus appears in the throat, extract it that way; it being more ready to loosen when pulled in that direction than by the nose. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loosenverb

    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

  2. Loosenverb

    to free from restraint; to set at liberty.

  3. Loosenverb

    to remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of

  4. Loosenverb

    to become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact

  5. Etymology: [See Loose, v. t.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loosen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loosen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of loosen in a Sentence

  1. Jens Spahn:

    One thing is already evident: It will not be possible to loosen all restrictions on Feb. 1.

  2. David Bloom:

    Going forward, if rates move a little higher than expected then the dollar will go up a little. However, if at any time next year the market thinks the Fed may need to loosen in 2017, then the dollar will plummet. The risk/reward in 2016 is for a weaker dollar.

  3. Robert Jetter:

    The skin of the arms starts to loosen at around age 40 and can form a ‘batwing’ that gets progressively worse.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The Fed should lower rates( there is almost no inflation) and loosen, making us competitive with other nations, and manufacturing will SOAR ! Dollar is very relative to others.

  5. Anthony Rossi:

    Heat is going to make the bacteria grow. It’s not hot enough to sterilize them, it’s really the washing with soap and water (that you need) — and with hot water, especially, because it’s going to help loosen that dirt and sebum and really get rid of bacteria.

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