loosen

loosen
loos|en [ˈlu:sən] v
1.) [I and T]
to make something less tight or less firmly fastened, or to become less tight or less firmly fastened
≠ ↑tighten
You'll need a spanner to loosen that bolt.
The screws have loosened.
Harry loosened his tie.
2.) [T]
to make laws, rules etc less strict
= ↑relax
≠ ↑tighten
Congress has loosened the restrictions on immigration.
3.) loosen your grip/hold
a) to reduce the control or power you have over someone or something
loosen your grip/hold on
The government has loosened its hold on the media considerably.
b) to start holding someone or something less tightly than you were before
≠ ↑tighten loosen your grip/hold on
He loosened his grip on David's arm.
4.) loosen sb's tongue
to make someone talk more than usual, especially about things they should not talk about
loosen up phr v
1.) to stop worrying and become more relaxed, or to make someone do this
She loosened up after she'd had a drink.
loosen sb<=>up
His welcoming smile helped loosen her up.
2.) if your muscles loosen up, or if something loosens them up, they stop feeling stiff
loosen sth<=>up
A massage will loosen up your joints.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Loosen — Loos en, v. i. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • loosen — (v.) late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from LOOSE (Cf. loose) (v.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Loosened; loosening …   Etymology dictionary

  • loosen — [[t]lu͟ːs(ə)n[/t]] loosens, loosening, loosened 1) VERB If someone loosens restrictions or laws, for example, they make them less strict or severe. [V n] Many business groups have been pressing the Federal Reserve to loosen interest rates... [V… …   English dictionary

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