loose - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal or literary 

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/luːs/
present tense
I/you/we/theyloose
he/she/itlooses
present participleloosing
past tenseloosed
past participleloosed
  1. 1

    loose

    or

    loose off

    to fire something such as a bullet, missile, or arrow
  2. 4
    to make something bad or harmful start to happen in an uncontrolled way

    The dispute has loosed a flood of political ill will.

phrasal verbs