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English verb: loosen

1. loosen (change) make loose or looser


SamplesLoosen the tension on a rope.


Synonymsloose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)relax, remit, slack, slacken, unbend, unscrew, unscrew


Causeloose, loosen, relax


Antonymsstiffen

2. loosen (social) make less severe or strict


SamplesThe government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught.


Synonymsrelax


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Verb grouploosen, relax

3. loosen (social) become less severe or strict


SamplesThe rules relaxed after the new director arrived.


Synonymsrelax


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb grouploosen, relax

4. loosen (contact) disentangle and raise the fibers of


SamplesTease wool.


Synonymstease, tease apart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl

5. loosen (contact) cause to become loose


SamplesUndo the shoelace.
Untie the knot.
Loosen the necktie.


Synonymsundo, untie


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

6. loosen (contact) make less dense


SamplesLoosen the soil.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)fluff, ruffle, scarify

7. loosen (change) become loose or looser or less tight


SamplesThe noose loosened.
The rope relaxed.


Synonymsloose, relax


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Antonymsstiffen









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