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"loose" in British English

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looseadjective

uk   us   /luːs/
  • loose adjective (NOT FASTENED)

B2 not ​firmlyheld or ​fastened in ​place: There were some loose ​wireshanging out of the ​wall. The ​nails in the ​wall had worked themselves loose. The ​prisoners were so ​thin that ​theirskin hung loose.B2 Loose ​hair is not ​tied back: Her ​hair was hanging loose to her ​shoulders. Loose things are not ​held together or ​attached to anything ​else: A few loose ​sheets of ​paper were ​lying around.

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  • loose adjective (NOT TIGHT)

B1 (of ​clothes) not ​fittingclosely to the ​body: Wear ​comfortable, loose ​clothing to ​yourexerciseclass.

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  • loose adjective (NOT EXACT)

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

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  • loose adjective (IMMORAL)

old-fashioned disapproving having ​lowmorals; ​sexuallyfree: a loose woman

looseverb [T]

uk   us   /luːs/
(Definition of loose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"loose" in American English

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looseadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /lus/
not ​firmlyattached in ​place: I’d ​bettersew that loose ​button before it comes off. A few loose ​sheets of ​paper were ​lying around. If an ​animal is loose, it is not ​tied up or caged in.
not ​tight; not ​fittingclosely to the ​body or the thing that is ​covered: Wear ​comfortable, loose ​clothing to ​yourexerciseclass. Loose can also ​mean not ​closelyfollowing something ​original, or not ​exact: The ​film is a loose ​adaptation of Conrad’s ​novel.
(Definition of loose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"loose" in Business English

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looseadjective

uk   us   /luːs/
not tightly ​held together or to anything else: According to ​research, ​sales of tea bags, loose tea and ​instant tea have all ​declined.
loose
adverb
His ​customerspreferred the vegetables to be ​sold loose, so that they could choose the ones they wanted.
(Definition of loose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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