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loose +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈluːsli/
  • Hyphenation: loose‧ly


loosely (comparative more loosely, superlative most loosely)

  1. In a loose manner.
  2. Not tightly.
    Insert all the bolts loosely, then tighten them.
  3. Approximately.
    It's red, to use the term loosely, sort of brown and sort of orange, let's call it reddish.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      It is loosely adapted by John Hodge from Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno which imagined them coming together again 10 years on; this of course is 20.
  4. Used to indicate an imprecise use of words; short for loosely speaking
    A whale is, loosely, maybe very loosely, a fish.



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