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1. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] make loose or looser.

Synonyms

  • slack
  • relax
  • slacken
  • alter
  • remit
  • modify
  • change
  • unscrew
  • unbend

Antonyms

  • hold
  • chaste
  • compact
  • tense

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

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Rhymes with Loosen

  • corneliuson
  • vandusen
  • acuson
  • skousen
  • meeuwsen
  • krewson
  • hewson
  • heusen
  • yusen
  • nusen
  • newson
  • joosten
  • huson
  • husen
  • hughson
  • goossen
  • goosen
  • fuson

Sentences with loosen


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If the vacuum lines have clamps, loosen the clamps with a screwdriver.

2. Verb, base form
The collar will loosen, and the blade will be ejected by the spring mechanism inside the collar.

Quotes about loosen


1. I will not die an unlived life.I will not live in fearof falling or catching fire.I choose to inhabit my days,to allow my living to open me,to make me less afraid,more accessible;to loosen my heartuntil it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.I choose to risk my significance,to live so that which came to me as seedgoes to the next as blossom,and that which came to me as blossom,goes on as fruit.
- Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion

2. Gather the stars if you wish it soGather the songs and keep them.Gather the faces of women.Gather for keeping years and years.And then...Loosen your hands, let go and say good-bye.Let the stars and songs go.Let the faces and years go.Loosen your hands and say good-bye.
- Carl Sandburg

3. I am a sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the world's rock altar, waiting for worms. I take a deep breath, I open my eyes. Looking, I see there are worms in the horns of the altar like live maggots in amber, there are shells of worms in the rock and moths flapping at my eyes. A wind from no place rises. A sense of the real exults me; the cords loosen: I walk on my way.
- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

2. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] cause to become loose.

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • undo

Antonyms

  • responsible
  • controlled
  • affixed
  • packaged

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

3. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] become less severe or strict.

Synonyms

  • change

Antonyms

  • diligent
  • running

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

4. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] make less severe or strict.

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change

Antonyms

  • deconcentrate
  • destabilize
  • enable
  • depersonalize

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

5. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] become loose or looser or less tight.

Synonyms

  • loose
  • weaken

Antonyms

  • stiffen
  • confine
  • spell

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

6. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] make less dense.

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • ruffle
  • scarify

Antonyms

  • unfree
  • constipated
  • exact
  • fine

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)

7. loosen

verb. ['ˈluːsən'] disentangle and raise the fibers of.

Synonyms

  • tease apart
  • straighten out
  • disentangle
  • unsnarl

Antonyms

  • entangle
  • increase
  • tightness
  • dehydrate

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • loose (English)
  • lauss (Old Norse)
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