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verb loosen pronunciation in American English /ˈlus(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyloosen
he/she/itloosens
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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