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loose

adjective
 
 
/luːs/
NOT FIXED B2 not firmly fixed: There were some loose wires hanging out of the wall. One of my buttons is loose.Flexible, loose and yielding
CLOTHES B1 large and not fitting tightly: a loose dress/sweaterThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothesFlexible, loose and yielding
FREE An animal that is loose is free to move around: Two lions escaped and are still loose.Uncontrolled
NOT EXACT not exact: It's only a loose translation of the poem.Approximate
loosely adverb The film is based very loosely (= not exactly) on the novel. →  See also be at a loose end
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