HyperDic: loose

English > 18 senses of the word loose:
ADJECTIVEallloosenot compact or dense in structure or arrangement
allloose(of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
allloosenot tight
allloose, informalnot officially recognized or controlled
allloose, free, liberalnot literal
allloose, laxemptying easily or excessively
allloose, unaffixednot affixed
allloose, slacknot tense or taut
allloose, open(of textures) full of small openings or gaps
allloose, idlelacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
allloosenot carefully arranged in a package
allloose, at large, escaped, on the loosehaving escaped, especially from confinement
allloose, easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wantoncasual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
VERBsocialloose, free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosengrant freedom to
contactloose, unleash, let looseturn loose or free from restraint
changeloose, loosenmake loose or looser
changeloose, loosen, relaxbecome loose or looser or less tight / tight / tight / tight
ADVERBallloose, freewithout restraint
loose > pronunciation
Soundsluw's
Rhymesabstruse ... Zeus: 40 rhymes with uws...
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnot compact or dense in structure or arrangement.
Example"loose gravel"
Narrowerlight(used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
shifting, unfirm(of soil) unstable
siltyFull of silt
unconsolidatedLoose and unstratified
OppositecompactClosely and firmly united or packed together
Spanishflojo
Nounsloosenessthe quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player.
Example"a loose ball"
Categorysport, athleticsAn active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
Broaderuncontrollednot being under control
Spanishlibre
Catalanlliure
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 3
Meaningnot tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting.
Examples
  • "loose clothing"
  • "the large shoes were very loose"
Narrowerbaggy, loose-fitting, sloppynot fitting closely
flyaway(of hair or clothing) worn loose
See alsolaxLacking in strength or firmness or resilience
OppositetightClosely constrained or constricted or constricting
Spanishflojo, holgado
Nounsloosenessthe quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 4
Meaningnot officially recognized or controlled.
Example "a loose organization of the local farmers"
Synonyminformal
Broaderunofficialnot having official authority or sanction
Spanishinformal
Catalaninformal
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 5
Meaningnot literal.
Example"a loose interpretation of what she had been told"
Synonymsfree, liberal
Broaderinexactnot exact
Spanishdesatado, libre
Catalandeslligat, lliure, solt
Nounsloosenessa lack of strict accuracy
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 6
MeaningEmptying easily or excessively.
Example"loose bowels"
Synonymlax
Broaderunconstipated, regularnot constipated
Nounsloosenessfrequent and watery bowel movements
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 7
Meaningnot affixed.
Example"the stamp came loose"
Synonymunaffixed
Oppositeaffixedfirmly attached
Spanishdespegado
Catalandesenganxat
Nounsloosenessthe quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 8
Meaningnot tense or taut.
Example"the old man's skin hung loose and grey"
Synonymslack
BroaderlaxLacking in strength or firmness or resilience
Nounsloosenessmovement or space for movement
Adverbslooselyin a relaxed manner
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 9
Meaning(of textures) full of small openings or gaps.
Example "a loose weave"
Synonymopen
Broadercoarse, harshOf textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
Adverbslooselyknitted in a loose manner
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 10
Meaninglacking a sense of restraint or responsibility.
Example "a loose tongue"
Synonymidle
Broaderirresponsibleshowing lack of care for consequences
Spanishinsustancial
Nounsloosenessfreedom from restraint
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 11
Meaningnot carefully arranged in a package.
Example"a box of loose nails"
Broaderunpackagednot packaged or put into packets / packets
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 12
MeaningHaving escaped, especially from confinement.
Examples
  • "dogs loose on the streets"
  • "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"
Synonymsat large, escaped, on the loose
Broaderfreeable to act at will
Spanishsuelto
English > loose: 18 senses > adjective 13
Meaningcasual and unrestrained in sexual behavior.
Example "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"
Synonymseasy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton
Broaderunchastenot chaste
Spanishlascivo, libertino, licencioso, lujurioso, promiscuo
Catalanlasciu, llibertí, llicenciós, luxuriós, promiscu
Nounsloosenessdissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
English > loose: 18 senses > adverb 1
MeaningWithout restraint.
Example"cows in India are running loose"
Synonymfree
Spanishdejar suelto, libre, suelta
Catalangratis
English > loose: 18 senses > verb 1, social
Meaninggrant freedom to; free from confinement.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
ModelThey want to loose the prisoners
Synonymsfree, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen
NarrowerbailRelease after a security has been paid
bail outFree on bail
paroleRelease a criminal from detention and place him on parole
runSet animals loose to graze
unchainmake free
unspellRelease from a spell
Oppositeconfine, detaindeprive of freedom
Spanishliberar, libertar, redimir, soltar
Catalanalliberar, deslliurar, redimir
English > loose: 18 senses > verb 2, contact
MeaningTurn loose or free from restraint.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "let loose mines"
  • "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
Synonymsunleash, let loose
Broaderlet go of, let go, release, relinquishRelease, as from one's grip
Spanishdesatar, liberar, soltar
English > loose: 18 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningmake loose or looser.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"loosen the tension on a rope"
Synonymloosen
Cause toloosen, relax, looseBecome loose or looser or less tight / tight / tight / tight
Entailed bypry, prise, prize, lever, jimmyTo move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
Narrowerrelax, unbendmake less taut
slackRelease tension on
slacken, remitmake slack as by lessening tension or firmness
unscrewloosen something by unscrewing it
unscrewloosen by turning
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositestiffenmake stiff or stiffer
Spanishaflojar, desapretar, desatar, relajar, soltar
Catalanafluixar, deixar anar, desfermar, deslligar, soltar
English > loose: 18 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningBecome loose or looser or less tight / tight / tight / tight.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"The noose loosened"
Synonymsloosen, relax
Caused byloosen, loosemake loose or looser
BroaderweakenBecome weaker
OppositestiffenBecome stiff or stiffer
Spanishaflojarse, aflojar, relajarse
Catalanafluixar, deixar anar, deslligar, laxar, liberalitzar, relaxar-se, relaxar, soltar

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