Meaning of LOOSE in English


I. adjective


not tightly bound, held, restrained, or stretched

loose rope

Synonyms: lax, relaxed, slack

Related Word: detached, free; flabby, flaccid, limp; desultory, negligent, remiss

Contrasted words: rigid, rigorous, stringent, taut, tense; exact, precise; bound, checked, curbed, inhibited, restrained, tied

Antonyms: strict; tight


Synonyms: free 2, unconfined, unrestrained

Related Word: clear; disconnected, unattached, unconnected, undone, unfastened

Contrasted words: fast


not dense, close, or compact in structure

loose soil

Synonyms: incoherent, nonadhesive

Related Word: disconnected, disjointed, separate, unconnected

Contrasted words: compressed, condensed, contracted; concentrated, crammed, crowded, localized; close, compact, dense, thick


Synonyms: fast 7, easy, light, ||riggish, unchaste, wanton, whorish

Related Word: capricious, extravagant, free, inconstant, reckless, unrestrained

II. verb


Synonyms: free , discharge, disenthrall, emancipate, liberate, loosen, manumit, release, unbind, unchain


Synonyms: take out (on), release, unleash, vent


to set free from a fastened or fixed condition

loose a knot

Synonyms: disengage, unbind, undo, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

Related Word: unbandage, unbar, unbolt, unbuckle, unbutton, unchain, unclasp, unglue, unhitch, unhook, unlace, unlash, unlatch, unlock, unpin, unscrew, unsnap, unstick, unstrap, untie

Contrasted words: bind, engage, fasten, fix, secure


Synonyms: shoot 1, discharge, fire


to make less rigid or tight

exercise loosed his muscles

Synonyms: ease, ease off, lax, loosen, relax, slack, slacken, untighten

Related Word: abate, alleviate, bate, lessen, let up, mitigate

Contrasted words: anchor, cement, clamp, clinch, fasten, knit, secure, set, tauten

Antonyms: tighten

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