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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unfasten; untie.
  • transitive v. To set free from or as if from restraints.
  • transitive v. To relax: unloosed my grip on the handlebars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To release from a constraint; to set free or liberate
  • v. To unfasten, untie
  • v. To disengage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become unfastened; to lose all connection or union.
  • transitive v. To make loose; to loosen; to set free.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To loose; unfasten; untie; undo; unravel.
  • To let go or free from hold or fastening; unbind from bonds, fetters, cords, or the like; set at liberty; release.
  • To become unfastened; fall in pieces; lose all connection or union.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • v. loosen the ties of

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