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English verb: loosen up

1. loosen up (contact) cause to become unblocked

SamplesThe medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!.


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

Broader (hypernym)disengage, free

Narrower (hyponym)unblock

Antonymschoke up, lug, stuff, block

2. loosen up (social) become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner

SamplesOur new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

3. loosen up (body) make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity

Synonymslimber up, warm up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)exercise, work out

4. loosen up (body) become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

SamplesHe relaxed in the hot tub.
Let's all relax after a hard day's work.

ExamplesSam and Sue loosen up

Synonymsdecompress, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)sit back, take it easy, vege out, vegetate

Antonymstense up, tense

5. loosen up (body) cause to feel relaxed

SamplesA hot bath always relaxes me.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to loosen up Sue

Synonymsmake relaxed, relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind

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

Broader (hypernym)affect

Narrower (hyponym)unbend

Causedecompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind

Antonymstense up, tense, strain

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