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loose

loose

 
 
pronunciation:
lus
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: looser, loosest
definition 1: not restrained or confined; free.
synonyms:
free, unbound, unfettered, unrestrained, unshackled
antonyms:
confined, inhibited, restrained, stiff, strict
similar words:
at liberty, lax, lubricious, unbounded, uninhibited, unlatched, unlocked, untied, wanton, wild
definition 2: not joined together; unbound; unfastened.
synonyms:
free, unattached, unbound, unfastened
antonyms:
adherent, compact, fast, secure, tight
similar words:
detached, disconnected, floating, insecure, rickety, unclasped, unhooked, unsteady, untied
definition 3: not restraining or confining.
loose clothes
antonyms:
formfitting, restrictive, tight
similar words:
baggy, droopy, floppy, limp, sagging, slack
definition 4: not tightly drawn or stretched; not taut; slack.
She kept the reins loose.
antonyms:
taut, tight
definition 5: without discipline or care, esp. in regard to speech or behavior.
synonyms:
lax
antonyms:
meticulous
similar words:
broad, careless, casual, easy, flabby, free, general, gross, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact, lenient, negligent, offhand, remiss, slack, slipshod, sloppy, unexacting, vague, wanton
definition 6: ethically or morally careless.
synonyms:
lax, unprincipled
antonyms:
chaste, decent, moral
similar words:
abandoned, corrupt, degenerate, dissipated, dissolute, fast, free, immoral, impure, indecent, libertine, licentious, lubricious, peccant, sinful, unbridled, unchaste, unregenerate, unscrupulous, wanton, wild
definition 7: not dense in construction, as a piece of cloth.
a loose weave
antonyms:
close, tight
similar words:
open, permeable, relaxed
definition 8: sexually promiscuous, esp. used of women.
synonyms:
promiscuous
antonyms:
chaste
similar words:
debauched, dissolute, fast, impure, indecent, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, libidinous, licentious, lubricious, profligate, prurient, rakehell, rakish, unchaste, wanton, whorish
 
part of speech: adverb
inflections: looser, loosest
definition 1: in a loose manner (often used in combination).
loose-fitting clothes
antonyms:
tight
similar words:
free, roughly
definition 2: without constraint.
The dogs were running loose in the park.
similar words:
free
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: loosed, looses, loosing
definition 1: to release from constraint or obligation; let loose.
synonyms:
free, release, unbind, unfetter, unloose
antonyms:
confine
similar words:
disengage, emancipate, extricate, liberate, loosen, manumit, unshackle, untie
definition 2: to unfasten.
synonyms:
free, loosen, release, undo, unfasten, unloose, untie
antonyms:
fasten
similar words:
unbuckle, unbutton, unclasp, unfetter, unfix, unhook, unlace, unpin, unscrew, unshackle, unsnap, unstick, unstrap
definition 3: to make less formal or strict.
synonyms:
ease, loosen, relax
similar words:
soften, tone down
definition 4: to ease, slacken, or relax.
synonyms:
ease, loosen, relax, slacken
antonyms:
tighten
similar words:
free, unloose
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to shoot or let loose a missile, arrow, rock, or the like.
synonyms:
discharge, fire, shoot
similar words:
hurl, throw
derivations: loosely (adv.), looseness (n.)
Word Builder: loose +
  • loosen:
    to make loose or looser.