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Meaning of LOOSEN

Pronunciation:  'loosun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
  2. [v]  make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
  3. [v]  make less dense
  4. [v]  cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"
  5. [v]  disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
  6. [v]  become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
  7. [v]  make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

LOOSEN is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: loose, relax, relax, tease, tease apart, undo, untie
 Antonyms: stiffen
 See Also: alter, alter, alter, change, change, change, disentangle, fluff, loosen, remit, ruffle, scarify, slack, slacken, straighten out, unbend, unscrew, unsnarl, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Loos"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loosened}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Loosening}.] [See {Loose}, v. t.]
    1. 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.
             After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree
             good by loosening of the earth.       --Bacon.
    2. To free from restraint; to set at liberty..
             It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding.
    3. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the
       alvine discharges of. --Bacon.
  2. \Loos"en\, v. i.
    To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. --S.
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