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English definition of “loose”

loose

adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT TIGHT)   /lus/
not tight; not fitting closely to the body or the thing that is covered: Wear comfortable, loose clothing to your exercise class. Loose can also mean not closely following something original, or not exact: The film is a loose adaptation of Conrad’s novel.
(Definition of loose adjective (NOT TIGHT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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