Meaning of “loosen” in the English Dictionary

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loosenverb

us /ˈlu·sən/

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.

(Definition of “loosen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)