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verb loosen pronunciation in British English /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.

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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