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Definition of Loosen


  1. To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; as, to loosen a string, or a knot; to loosen a rock in the earth.
  2. To free from restraint; to set at liberty..
  3. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
  4. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.

Loosen Quotations

When the purse strings tighten up at museums, the institutions usually cut back and cancel shows. That's exactly the wrong reaction. In fact, now is a good time for them to loosen up - a chance to breathe and experiment a little - and go for the juicy solution lurking in their own basements.
Jerry Saltz

It's nice if people can finally loosen up a little bit and just go out laugh at silliness. I mean, people take themselves way too seriously sometimes.
Larry the Cable Guy

Loosen your girdle and let er fly!
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up.
Sam Walton

If we can but tear the blindfold of self-deception from our eyes and loosen the gag of self-denial from our voices, we can restore our country to greatness.
Theodore C. Sorensen
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Loosen Translations

loosen in German is auflockern, lockern
loosen in Italian is allentare
loosen in Spanish is aflojar
loosen in Swedish is lossna, lossa
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