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loosen

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Verb loosen has 7 senses
  1. loosen, loose - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
    --1 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Antonyms: stiffen
    Derived forms: noun loosening1, noun loosening2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. relax, loosen - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
    --2 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. relax, loosen - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
    --3 is one way to change
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  4. tease, tease apart, loosen - disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
    --4 is one way to disentangle, unsnarl, straighten out
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  5. untie, undo, loosen - cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"
    --5 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Derived form: noun loosening2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  6. loosen - make less dense; "loosen the soil"
    --6 is one way to
    change, alter, modify
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  7. loosen, relax, loose - become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
    --7 is one way to weaken
    Antonyms: stiffen
    Derived forms: noun loosening1, noun loosening2
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
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