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EtymologyEdit

From loose +‎ -en.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈluːsn̩/
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loosen (third-person singular simple present loosens, present participle loosening, simple past and past participle loosened)

  1. (transitive) To make loose.
    to loosen a knot
    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.
    • Francis Bacon
      After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth.
  2. (intransitive) To become loose.
    I noticed that my seatbelt had gradually loosened during the journey.
  3. (transitive) To free from restraint; to set at liberty.
    • Dryden
      It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding.
  4. (transitive) To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
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