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loosen

verb  /ˈlu·sən/ us  

loosen verb (MAKE NOT ATTACHED)

[I/T] to become or make something less firmly fixed: [I] The screws holding the light fixture have loosened, and it’s dangling from the ceiling. [T] fig. When immigration laws were loosened, the number of immigrants shot up.
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