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.


  1. loosen

    To loosen generally means to make something less tight, less firmly fixed, or less tense. It could also mean to relax or possibly to relieve from a constraint.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Loosen is ranked #104602 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Loosen surname appeared 171 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Loosen.

    98.8% or 169 total occurrences were White.

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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. Roger Federer:

    I just needed some treatment on my upper - what is it - back, neck, just needed to try to loosen it up, crack it and see if it was going to be better.

  2. 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.

  3. Hayley Zawadzki:

    As a warm-up, it’s a great way to loosen up the body, break a quick sweat, our trainers use it in circuit training as a cardio burst between strength training intervals.

  4. Peter Cecchini:

    We think there will selling of banks over the course of 2016, with corporate credit secondary market liquidity non-existent and with wage growth absent, bank lending standards are likely to tighten, not loosen.

  5. Dawna Markova:

    I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

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