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loosely

adverb uk   us   /ˈluːs.li/

loosely adverb (NOT FIRMLY)

in a way that is not firmly held or attached: The parcel had only been loosely wrapped, and the paper had come off.

loosely adverb (NOT EXACTLY)

not exactly: This phrase can be loosely translated as "Go away!" The film is loosely based on the novel by Kundera.

loosely adverb (NOT TIGHTLY)

not tightly: The jacket hung loosely on his thin body.
Translations of “loosely”
in Chinese (Traditional) 未固定的, 鬆散地, 寬鬆地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 未固定的, 松散地, 宽松地…
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