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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)

    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.

    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)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. loosen(v)

    Synonyms:
    relax

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "loosen":

    unscrew, slacken, loose, remove

How to pronounce loosen?

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How to say loosen in sign language?

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How to use loosen in a sentence?

  1. Joerg Kraemer:

    I believe the ECB will loosen policy but not today, a further reduction in the deposit rate could happen in March.

  2. Hayley Zawadzki:

    As a warm-up, it's a great way to loosen up the body, break a quick sweat, our trainers use it in circuit training as a cardio burst between strength training intervals.

  3. Peter Cecchini:

    We think there will selling of banks over the course of 2016, with corporate credit secondary market liquidity non-existent and with wage growth absent, bank lending standards are likely to tighten, not loosen.

  4. European Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici:

    The Commission has but one compass, that of the growth and stability pact, and rules should be implemented, concerning Greece, we have another compass, the adoption of the memorandum of understanding and the (reform) program. Nothing should make us loosen these reforms.

  5. Phil Mickelson:

    It was the first round in four months and I'll loosen up, hopefully, the way I'm playing will show in the score. But today, it just didn't.

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