Meaning of LOOSEN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈlü-s ə n ]


( loos·ened ; loos·en·ing ˈlüs-niŋ, ˈlü-s ə n-iŋ)

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to release from restraint

2. : to make looser

loosen ed his tie

loosen a screw

3. : to relieve (the bowels) of constipation

4. : to cause or permit to become less strict — often used with up

loosen ed the rules

intransitive verb

: to become loose or looser

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.