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  Definition of loose
  1. become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
  2. make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
  3. turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
  4. grant freedom to; free from confinement
  5. not affixed; "the stamp came loose"
  6. not bound or fastened or gathered together; "loose pages"; "loose papers"
  7. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
  8. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel"
  9. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball"
  10. emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels"
  11. not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
  12. having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners"; "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"
  13. not restrained or confined or attached; "a pocket full of loose bills"; "knocked the ball loose"; "got loose from his attacker"
  14. freely producing mucus; "a loose phlegmy cough"
  15. not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose"
  16. not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"
  17. not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails"
  18. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
  19. not fixed firmly or tightly; "the bolts became loose over time"; "a loose chair leg"; "loose bricks"
  20. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave"
  21. not tense or taut; "the old man''s skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope"
  22. without restraint; "cows in India are running loose"
Similar Words: loosen, relax, unleash, let loose, free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, unaffixed, easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton, lax, liberal, at large(p), at liberty(p), escaped, on the loose(p), informal, idle, open, slack

 

See Also: lax

 

Hyponyms: relax, unbend, slacken, remit, slack, unscrew, unspell, unchain, bail, run, bail out, parole

 

Derivational Morphology: relaxation, loosening, slackening, laxation, liberation, release, freeing, liberty, liberator, free, free people

 

Anagrams: loess

 

 
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