loosen Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"loosen" in British English

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loosenverb

uk   us   /ˈluː.sən/

loosen verb (NOT FIXED)

C2 [I or T] to (​cause to) ​becomeloose: The ​screwsholding the ​bed together had loosened.

loosen verb (LESS TIGHT)

[T] to make something such as ​yourhair or a ​piece of ​clothing less ​tight: He loosened his ​tie.
(Definition of loosen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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loosenverb

 us   /ˈlu·sən/

loosen verb (MAKE NOT ATTACHED)

[I/T] to ​become or make something less ​firmlyfixed: [I] The ​screwsholding the ​lightfixture have loosened, and it’s ​dangling from the ​ceiling. [T] fig. When ​immigrationlaws were loosened, the ​number of ​immigrantsshot up.
(Definition of loosen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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