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Synonyms for loosen
ˈlu sən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loosen, loose(verb)

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

    Synonyms:
    tease, release, unleash, loose, free, liberate, untie, unloose, tease apart, let loose, unloosen, relax, undo

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  2. relax, loosen(verb)

    make less severe or strict

    "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

    Synonyms:
    untie, decompress, slow down, unbend, tease, undo, slacken, unlax, tease apart, loosen up, loose, slack up, relax, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  3. relax, loosen(verb)

    become less severe or strict

    "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"

    Synonyms:
    untie, decompress, slow down, unbend, tease, undo, slacken, unlax, tease apart, loosen up, loose, slack up, relax, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  4. tease, tease apart, loosen(verb)

    disentangle and raise the fibers of

    "tease wool"

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, tease, fluff, undo, loose, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, relax, untie, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  5. untie, undo, loosen(verb)

    cause to become loose

    "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"

    Synonyms:
    unbrace, unmake, relax, tease, loose, untie, tease apart, unwrap, unlace, undo

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  6. loosen(verb)

    make less dense

    "loosen the soil"

    Synonyms:
    loose, relax, untie, tease apart, undo, tease

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

  7. loosen, relax, loose(verb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

    Synonyms:
    let loose, untie, liberate, decompress, slow down, unbend, unloosen, tease, undo, loosen up, unlax, tease apart, release, free, loose, slack up, unleash, unloose, relax, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain, slacken

    Antonyms:
    stiffen

Wiktionary

  1. loosen(verb)

    Antonyms:
    tighten

  2. loosen(verb)

    make something less tight; unfasten

    Antonyms:
    tighten

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. loosen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    slacken, relax, make loose, make less tight

  2. loosen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    release, unloose, loose, let loose

  3. loosen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    make lax (as the bowels)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    unscrew, slacken, loose, remove

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