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Definition 1: become loose or looser or less tight - [verb of change]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The noose loosened
  • the rope relaxed

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is a kind of ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

Definition 2: make loose or looser - [verb of change]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • loosen the tension on a rope

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of loose ) make less taut

"relax the tension on the rope"

(... is a kind of loose ) make slack as by lessening tension or firmness

(... is a kind of loose ) release tension on

"slack the rope"

(... is a kind of loose ) loosen something by unscrewing it

"unscrew the outlet plate"

(... is a kind of loose ) loosen by turning

"unscrew the bottle cap"

(loose causes ...) become loose or looser or less tight

"The noose loosened" "the rope relaxed"

Definition 3: turn loose or free from restraint - [verb of contact]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let loose mines
  • Loose terrible plagues upon humanity

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is a kind of ...) release, as from one's grip

"Let go of the door handle, please!" "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of loose ) release from a spell

(... is a kind of loose ) make free

(... is a kind of loose ) release after a security has been paid

(... is a kind of loose ) set animals loose to graze

(... is a kind of loose ) free on bail

(... is a kind of loose ) release a criminal from detention and place him on parole

"The prisoner was paroled after serving 10 years in prison"

Definition 5: not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • loose clothing
  • the large shoes were very loose

(loose is similar to ...) not fitting closely; hanging loosely

"baggy trousers" "a loose-fitting blouse is comfortable in hot weather"

(loose is similar to ...) (of hair or clothing) worn loose

"her flyaway hair" "a flyaway coat"

(means also ...) lacking in firmness or tension; not taut

"a lax rope"

Definition 6: not compact or dense in structure or arrangement - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • loose gravel

(loose is similar to ...) (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency

"light soil"

(loose is similar to ...) (of soil) unstable

"shifting sands" "unfirm earth"

(loose is similar to ...) full of silt

"silty soil"

(loose is similar to ...) loose and unstratified

"unconsolidated soil"

Definition 7: not affixed - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stamp came loose

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: without restraint - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cows in India are running loose

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

Definition 9: (of textures) full of small openings or gaps - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an open texture
  • a loose weave

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

"coarse meal" "coarse sand" "a coarse weave"

Definition 10: not literal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a loose interpretation of what she had been told
  • a free translation of the poem

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) not exact

Definition 11: lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • idle talk
  • a loose tongue

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) showing lack of care for consequences

"behaved like an irresponsible idiot" "hasty and irresponsible action"

Definition 12: not tense or taut - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the old man's skin hung loose and grey
  • slack and wrinkled skin
  • slack sails
  • a slack rope
  • a slack grip

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) lacking in firmness or tension; not taut

"a lax rope"

Definition 13: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her easy virtue
  • he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • wanton behavior

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) not chaste

"unchaste conduct"

Definition 14: emptying easily or excessively - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • loose bowels

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) not constipated

Definition 15: (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a loose ball

(loose is similar to ...) not being under control; out of control

"the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS" "uncontrolled growth"

(loose belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 16: not officially recognized or controlled - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an informal agreement
  • a loose organization of the local farmers

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) not having official authority or sanction

"a sort of unofficial mayor" "an unofficial estimate" "he participated in an unofficial capacity"

Definition 17: not carefully arranged in a package - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a box of loose nails

(loose is similar to ...) not packaged or put into packets

"unpackaged nuts"

Definition 18: having escaped, especially from confinement - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where loose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a convict still at large
  • searching for two escaped prisoners
  • dogs loose on the streets
  • criminals on the loose in the neighborhood

Synonyms for loose in the sense of this definition

(loose is similar to ...) not limited or hampered; not under compulsion or restraint

"free enterprise" "a free port" "a free country" "I have an hour free" "free will" "free of racism" "feel free to stay as long as you wish" "a free choice"

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