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adjective uk   /luːs/ us  

loose adjective (NOT FIXED)

B2 not firmly fixed in place: There were some loose wires hanging out of the wall. The nails in the bridge had worked themselves loose. The prisoners were so thin that their skin hung loose.Flexible, loose and yieldingSeparateness and isolation in spaceAlone B2 describes hair that is not tied back: Her hair was hanging loose about her shoulders.HairdressingHairstyles describes things that are not fixed or held together or to anything else: A few loose sheets of paper were lying around.Separateness and isolation in spaceAlone

loose adjective (NOT TIGHT)

B1 (of clothes) not fitting closely to the body: Wear comfortable, loose clothing to your exercise class.Flexible, loose and yielding

loose adjective (NOT EXACT)

C2 not tightly controlled, or not exact: It's a fairly loose adaptation of the novel. It's only a loose translation of the poem.Approximate

loose adjective (IMMORAL)

old-fashioned disapproving having low morals; sexually free: a loose womanRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky


verb [T] uk   /luːs/ us  
to speak or express emotions very freely, especially in an uncontrolled way: The minister loosed an angry tirade against the leader of the opposition.Ways of talking
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