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loosen

loos·en

loosen

 
 
pronunciation:
lu sn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: loosened, loosening, loosens
definition 1: to unfasten or undo.
synonyms:
loose, release, undo, unfasten
antonyms:
fasten
similar words:
disengage, disjoin, free, separate, unbind, unhook, untie
definition 2: to make less restrictive; slacken.
She loosened her hold.
synonyms:
ease, loose, relax, slack, slacken
antonyms:
tighten
similar words:
mitigate
definition 3: to relax (constraint or the like).
They loosened too many regulations.
synonyms:
ease, loose, relax
antonyms:
tighten
similar words:
mitigate, moderate, mollify, soften, tone down
definition 4: to make less dense or compact.
She loosened the dirt around the plant.
antonyms:
compact
similar words:
disintegrate, disperse, dissipate, mollify, soften
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become less bound, inhibited, or constrained (often fol. by up).
He loosened up after a couple of drinks.
synonyms:
relax
similar words:
limber, mellow out, open, relent, soften, unbend
derivation: loosener (n.)
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The word loosen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.