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English verb: loosen up

1. loosen up (contact) cause to become unblocked


SamplesThe medicine unstuffed my nose in minutes!.


Synonymsunstuff


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.


Synonymsrelax


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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