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"loose" in American English

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looseadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /lus/
not firmly attached in place: I’d better sew 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 fitting closely to the body or the thing that is covered: Wear comfortable, loose clothing to your exercise class.
Loose can also mean not closely following 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 British English

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

B2 not firmly held or fastened in place: There were some loose wires hanging out of the wall. The nails in the wall had worked themselves loose. The prisoners were so thin that their skin 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 (IMMORAL)

old-fashioned disapproving having low morals; sexually free: a loose woman

looseverb [T]

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

"loose" in Business English

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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.
His customers preferred 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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