loose

If something is loose, it's not attached very securely to anything. Be sure the horse trailer attached to your truck isn't loose, or it might just roll away on its own while you're on the highway.

Loose means "not fixed." We can use it for things that you physically attach, like doorknobs or buttons, or for ideas that aren't rigid. If someone has loose morals, they don't have a strong moral code. A floppy dancer has loose limbs, and a loose ball is one that no one's holding. It's also a verb. To loose something is to set it free, which is different from losing it. You loose the wild squirrel you nursed back to health.

Definitions of loose
  1. adjective
    not affixed
    “the stamp came loose
    synonyms: unaffixed
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    affixed
    firmly attached
    appendant
    affixed as an appendage
    basifixed
    attached by its base (as certain anthers to their filaments or stalks)
    glued, pasted
    affixed or as if affixed with glue or paste
    mounted
    assembled for use; especially by being attached to a support
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  2. adjective
    having escaped, especially from confinement
    “dogs loose on the streets”
    “criminals on the loose in the neighborhood”
    synonyms: at large, escaped, on the loose
    free
    able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
  3. adjective
    (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
    “a loose ball”
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    uncontrolled
    not being under control; out of control
  4. verb
    turn loose or free from restraint
    Loose terrible plagues upon humanity”
    synonyms: let loose, unleash
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    let go, let go of, release, relinquish
    release, as from one's grip
  5. verb
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    synonyms: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen
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    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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    unspell
    release from a spell
    unchain
    make free
    bail
    release after a security has been paid
    run
    set animals loose to graze
    bail out
    free on bail
    parole
    release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  6. adverb
    without restraint
    “cows in India are running loose
    synonyms: free
  7. adjective
    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
    loose gravel”
    Synonyms:
    light
    (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
    shifting, unfirm
    (of soil) unstable
    silty
    full of silt
    unconsolidated
    loose and unstratified
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    compact
    closely and firmly united or packed together
    clayey, cloggy, heavy
    (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
    close-packed
    packed especially tightly
    consolidated
    forming a solid mass
    impacted, wedged
    wedged or packed in together
    packed
    pressed together or compressed
    serried
    (especially of rows as of troops or mountains) pressed together
    tight
    packed closely together
    concentrated
    gathered together or made less diffuse
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  8. adjective
    not carefully arranged in a package
    “a box of loose nails”
    Synonyms:
    unpackaged
    not packaged or put into packets
  9. adjective
    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
    “a loose weave”
    synonyms: open
    coarse, harsh
    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  10. adjective
    not tense or taut
    “the old man's skin hung loose and grey”
    synonyms: slack
    lax
    lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
  11. adjective
    not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    loose clothing”
    “the large shoes were very loose
    Synonyms:
    baggy, loose-fitting, sloppy
    not fitting closely; hanging loosely
    flyaway
    (of hair or clothing) worn loose
    lax
    lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
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    tight
    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    tight
    of such close construction as to be impermeable
    choky
    so tight as to tend to choke
    clenched, clinched
    closed or squeezed together tightly
    close, close-fitting, snug
    fitting closely but comfortably
    skin-tight, skintight
    so tight as to cling to the skin
    skinny, tight fitting, tight-fitting, tightfitting, tightly fitting
    fitting snugly
    viselike
    clamped as in a vise
    tense
    taut or rigid; stretched tight
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  12. verb
    make loose or looser
    synonyms: loosen
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    stiffen
    make stiff or stiffer
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    relax, unbend
    make less taut
    remit, slacken
    make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
    slack
    release tension on
    unscrew
    loosen something by unscrewing it
    unscrew
    loosen by turning
    unbrace
    remove from tension
    douse, dowse
    slacken
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  13. verb
    become loose or looser or less tight
    synonyms: loosen, relax
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    stiffen
    become stiff or stiffer
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    weaken
    become weaker
  14. adjective
    not officially recognized or controlled
    “a loose organization of the local farmers”
    synonyms: informal
    unofficial
    not having official authority or sanction
  15. adjective
    not literal
    “a loose interpretation of what she had been told”
    synonyms: free, liberal
    inexact
    not exact
  16. adjective
    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
    “a loose tongue”
    synonyms: idle
    irresponsible
    showing lack of care for consequences
  17. adjective
    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
    synonyms: easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton
    unchaste
    not chaste
  18. adjective
    emptying easily or excessively
    loose bowels”
    synonyms: lax
    regular, unconstipated
    not constipated
Commonly confused words

lose / loose

Lose sounds like snooze. If you lose something, you don’t have it anymore. Add an “o” and loose rhymes with goose and describes something that’s not attached.

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