Loose vs. Loosen

Loose vs. Loosen — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Loose and Loosen

Looseadjective

Not fastened, restrained, or contained

loose bricks.

Loosenverb

To make looser or less tight

loosened his tie.loosened her grip on the rope.

Looseadjective

Not taut, fixed, or rigid

a loose anchor line.a loose chair leg.

Loosenverb

To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness

loosened the requirements for graduation.

Looseadjective

Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered

criminals loose in the neighborhood.dogs that are loose on the streets.

Loosenverb

To free (the bowels) from constipation.

Looseadjective

Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted

loose shoes.

Loosenverb

To become loose or looser

My shoelace has loosened.

Looseadjective

Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together

loose papers.

Loosenverb

(transitive) To make loose.

to loosen a knot; to loosen one's grip / hold on somethingAfter the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.

Looseadjective

Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure

loose gravel.

Loosenverb

(intransitive) To become loose.

I noticed that my seatbelt had gradually loosened during the journey.

Looseadjective

Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle

loose talk.

Loosenverb

(transitive) To disengage (a device that restrains).

Looseadjective

Not formal; relaxed

a loose atmosphere at the club.

Loosenverb

(intransitive) To become unfastened or undone.

Looseadjective

Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.

Loosenverb

(transitive) To free from restraint; to set at liberty.

Looseadjective

Not literal or exact

a loose translation.

Loosenverb

(transitive) To relieve (the bowels) from constipation; to promote defecation.

Looseadjective

Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body

a loose cough.loose bowels.

Loosenverb

To create a breach or rift between (two parties).

Looseadverb

In a loose manner.

Loosenverb

To sail away (from the shore).

Looseverb

To let loose; release

loosed the dogs.

Loosenverb

make loose or looser;

loosen the tension on a rope

Looseverb

To make loose; undo

loosed his belt.

Loosenverb

make less severe or strict;

The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught

Looseverb

To cast loose; detach

hikers loosing their packs at camp.

Loosenverb

become less severe or strict;

The rules relaxed after the new director arrived

Looseverb

To let fly; discharge

loosed an arrow.

Loosenverb

disentangle and raise the fibers of;

tease wool

Looseverb

To release pressure or obligation from; absolve

loosed her from the responsibility.

Loosenverb

cause to become loose;

undo the shoelaceuntie the knotloosen the necktie

Looseverb

To make less strict; relax

a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.

Loosenverb

make less dense;

loosen the soil

Looseverb

(transitive) To let loose, to free from restraints.

Loosenverb

become loose or looser or less tight;

The noose loosenedthe rope relaxed

Looseverb

(transitive) To unfasten, to loosen.

Looseverb

(transitive) To make less tight, to loosen.

Looseverb

(intransitive) Of a grip or hold, to let go.

Looseverb

(archery) to shoot (an arrow)

Looseverb

(obsolete) To set sail.

Looseverb

(obsolete) To solve; to interpret.

Looseadjective

Not fixed in place tightly or firmly.

This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel.

Looseadjective

Not held or packaged together.

You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose.

Looseadjective

Not under control.

The dog is loose again.

Looseadjective

Not fitting closely

I wear loose clothes when it is hot.

Looseadjective

Not compact.

It is difficult walking on loose gravel.a cloth of loose texture

Looseadjective

Relaxed.

She danced with a loose flowing movement.

Looseadjective

Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate.

a loose way of reasoning

Looseadjective

Indiscreet.

Loose talk costs lives.

Looseadjective

(dated) Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste.

Looseadjective

Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game.

He caught an elbow going after a loose ball.The puck was momentarily loose right in front of the net.

Looseadjective

(dated) Not costive; having lax bowels.

Loosenoun

(archery) The release of an arrow.

Loosenoun

(obsolete) A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment.

Loosenoun

(rugby) All play other than set pieces (scrums and line-outs).

Loosenoun

Freedom from restraint.

Loosenoun

A letting go; discharge.

Looseinterjection

(archery) begin shooting; release your arrows

Looseverb

grant freedom to; free from confinement

Looseverb

turn loose or free from restraint;

let loose minesLoose terrible plagues upon humanity

Looseverb

make loose or looser;

loosen the tension on a rope

Looseverb

become loose or looser or less tight;

The noose loosenedthe rope relaxed

Looseadjective

not restrained or confined or attached;

a pocket full of loose billsknocked the ball loosegot loose from his attacker

Looseadjective

not compact or dense in structure or arrangement;

loose gravel

Looseadjective

(of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player;

a loose ball

Looseadjective

not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting;

loose clothingthe large shoes were very loose

Looseadjective

not officially recognized or controlled;

an informal agreementa loose organization of the local farmers

Looseadjective

not literal;

a loose interpretation of what she had been tolda free translation of the poem

Looseadjective

emptying easily or excessively;

loose bowels

Looseadjective

not affixed;

the stamp came loose

Looseadjective

not tense or taut;

the old man's skin hung loose and grayslack and wrinkled skinslack sailsa slack rope

Looseadjective

(of textures) full of small openings or gaps;

an open texturea loose weave

Looseadjective

not fixed firmly or tightly;

the bolts became loose over timea loose chair legloose bricks

Looseadjective

lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;

idle talka loose tongue

Looseadjective

not carefully arranged in a package;

a box of loose nails

Looseadjective

freely producing mucus;

a loose phlegmy cough

Looseadjective

having escaped, especially from confinement;

a convict still at largesearching for two escaped prisonersdogs loose on the streetscriminals on the loose in the neighborhood

Looseadjective

casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior;

her easy virtuehe was told to avoid loose (or light) womenwanton behavior

Looseadjective

not bound or fastened or gathered together;

loose pagesloose papers

Looseadverb

without restraint;

cows in India are running loose