loosen

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From loose +‎ -en.

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loosen (third-person singular simple present loosens, present participle loosening, simple past and past participle loosened)

  1. To make loose.
    to loosen a knot
    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.
    • Francis Bacon
      After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth.
  2. To free from restraint; to set at liberty.
    • Dryden
      It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding.
  3. To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
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