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verb British English pronunciation: loosen /ˈluːs(ə)n/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleloosening
past tenseloosened
past participleloosened

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less firmly fixed in position

    To open it you simply loosen these two screws.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to become or make something less tightly fastened

    I'd eaten so much I had to loosen my belt.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make something less strict or controlled

    The country will loosen currency controls to encourage spending abroad.

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