Definitions for: Loosen

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Loos"en, v. i.
To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. --S.

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

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