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verb loosen pronunciation in American English /ˈlus(ə)n/
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present tense
present participleloosening
past tenseloosened
past participleloosened

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less tightly fastened
    I’d eaten so much I had to loosen my belt.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less firmly fixed in position
    To open it you simply loosen these two screws.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make something less strict or controlled
    The country will loosen currency controls to encourage spending abroad.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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