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

  • transitive v. To unloose.

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  • v. To unloose; to loosen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loosen; to unloose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unloose; loosen.

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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  • Not only that, but unloosen is actually a perfectly good, old verb; so is unloose, which turns up in Shakespeare and Sheridan and Shelley.

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  • He could unloosen a fly in a hotel lobby without anyone seeing.

    New York at Twenty-Six

  • I was able to unloosen my belt and then wrap it around my hand with the thick buckle dangling by my side.

    Blue Rage, Black Redemption

  • I just want to hang out with my family and friends and, you know, eat Doritos until I have to unloosen my belt.

    CNN Transcript Aug 4, 2006

  • Tony Blair, who has just been elected prime minister, realizes the monarchy is at stake if she doesn ` t unloosen that stiff upper lip.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2006

  • Thus it is that unloosen in the vernacular has the sense not of 'tighten' but of 'loosen'. STILL UNPACKED.

  • Arrived at the halting place, the first thing the muleteer does, is to go from mule to mule to unloosen that cord; the loads then fall to the ground.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Saying this, one by one advanced and proceeded to unloosen the purse, and to unclasp the fan-case; and allowing Pao-y├╝ no time to make any remonstrance, they stripped him of every ornament in the way of appendage which he carried about on his person.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • When you breathe you actually help to unloosen them and let them go.

    Jumpstart Your Metabolism

  • Mister Wilkins 'eyes bugged out an he say, "Argggg!" an start fannin the air an tryin to unloosen his seatbelt.

    Forrest Gump

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