loosen

When you loosen something, you make it less tight. A ballerina, for example, might loosen her tightly coiled hair after dance practice.

You might need to loosen your belt after eating a huge meal, or loosen your collar and tie after a long day at work. Things sometimes also loosen on their own, like when a dog's collar loosens gradually until she can slip right out of it to chase a squirrel. There is also a figurative way to loosen things, making them less strict, like when a community loosens certain rules or laws.

Definitions of loosen
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v make loose or looser

loosen the tension on a rope”
Synonyms:
loose
Antonyms:
stiffen
make stiff or stiffer
Types:
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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
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v cause to become loose

loosen the necktie”
Synonyms:
undo, untie
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become loose or looser or less tight

“The noose loosened
Synonyms:
loose, relax
Antonyms:
stiffen
become stiff or stiffer
Type of:
weaken
become weaker

v disentangle and raise the fibers of

Synonyms:
tease, tease apart
Type of:
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement

v make less dense

loosen the soil”
Types:
scarify
break up
fluff, ruffle
erect or fluff up
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make less severe or strict

Synonyms:
relax
relax
become less severe or strict
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become less severe or strict

Synonyms:
relax
relax
make less severe or strict
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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