Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To untie or make looser.
  • transitive v. To free from restraint, pressure, or strictness.
  • transitive v. To free (the bowels) from constipation.
  • intransitive v. To become loose or looser.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. make something less tight; unfasten

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact
  • transitive v. To free from restraint; to set at liberty..
  • transitive v. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
  • intransitive v. To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make loose; free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness: as, to loosen a knot; to loosen a joint; to loosen a rock in the earth.
  • To render less dense or compact: as, to loosen the soil about the roots of a plant.
  • To let loose; free from restraint or confinement.
  • To become loose; become less tight, firm, or compact.

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

  • v. make less severe or strict
  • v. make loose or looser
  • v. disentangle and raise the fibers of
  • v. become less severe or strict
  • v. cause to become loose
  • v. become loose or looser or less tight
  • v. make less dense

Etymologies

Middle English lousnen, losnen, from losen, from los, loose; see loose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
loose +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

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