loosen - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈluːs(ə)n/
present tense
I/you/we/theyloosen
he/she/itloosens
present participleloosening
past tenseloosened
past participleloosened
  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.

phrasal verbs