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loose

verb

1 loose

Grant freedom to; free from confinement.

synonyms: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen.

Roget 44: be disjoined &c.; come off, fall off, come to pieces, fall to pieces; peel off; get loose.    disjoin, disconnect, disengage, disunite, dissociate, dispair; ... show more

Roget 750: liberate, free; set free, set clear, set at liberty; render free, emancipate, release; enfranchise, affranchise; manumit; enlarge; disband, ... show more



2 loose

Turn loose or free from restraint:
— Let loose mines.
— Loose terrible plagues upon humanity.

synonyms: let loose, unleash.

Dutch: loslaten

3 loose

Make loose or looser:
— Loosen the tension on a rope.

synonym: loosen.

4 loose

Become loose or looser or less tight:
— The noose loosened.

synonyms: loosen, relax.

Dutch: ruim

adjective

1 loose

Not compact or dense in structure or arrangement.

Roget 214: pendent, pendulous; pensile; hanging etc. v.; beetling, jutting over, overhanging, projecting; dependent; suspended etc. v.; ... show more

Roget 279: deviating etc. v.; aberrant, errant; excursive, discursive; devious, desultory, loose; rambling; stray, erratic, vagrant, ... show more

Roget 573: diffuse, profuse; wordy, verbose, largiloquent, copious, exuberant, pleonastic, lengthy; longsome, long-winded, longspun, long drawn out; spun out, ... show more

Roget 519: unintelligible, unaccountable, undecipherable, undiscoverable, unknowable, unfathomable; incognizable, inexplicable, inscrutable; inapprehensible, incomprehensible; insolvable, insoluble; impenetrable.    ... show more

Roget 477: intuitive, instinctive, impulsive; independent of reason, anterior to reason; gratuitous, hazarded; unconnected.    unreasonable, illogical, false, unsound, invalid; unwarranted, ... show more

Polish: sypki

2 loose

of a ball in sport Not in the possession or control of any player.

3 loose

Not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting.

Polish: luźny, nieobcisły, obszerny, szeroki

4 loose

Not officially recognized or controlled:
— A loose organization of the local farmers.

synonym: informal.

5 loose

Not literal:
— A loose interpretation of what she had been told.

synonyms: free, liberal.

Roget 44: disjoined etc. v.; discontinuous etc. 70; multipartite, abstract; disjunctive; secant; isolated etc. v.; insular, ... show more

6 loose

Emptying easily or excessively:
— Loose bowels.

synonym: lax.

Roget 47: nonadhesive, immiscible; incoherent, detached, loose, baggy, slack, lax, relaxed, flapping, streaming; disheveled; segregated, like grains of sand unconsolidated ... show more

Roget 738: lax, loose; slack; remiss etc. (careless) 460; weak.    relaxed; licensed; reinless, unbridled; anarchical; ... show more

Roget 575: feeble, bald, tame, meager, jejune, vapid, bland, trashy, lukewarm, cold, frigid, poor, dull, dry, ... show more

7 loose

Not affixed:
— The stamp came loose.

synonym: unaffixed.

8 loose

Not tense or taut:
— The old man's skin hung loose and grey.

synonym: slack.

9 loose

of textures Full of small openings or gaps:
— A loose weave.

synonym: open.

Polish: rzadki

10 loose

Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility:
— A loose tongue.

synonym: idle.

Polish: jałowy, pusty

11 loose

Not carefully arranged in a package.

12 loose

Having escaped, especially from confinement:
— Dogs loose on the streets.
— Criminals on the loose in the neighborhood.

synonyms: at large, escaped, on the loose.

Roget 748: free, free as air; out of harness, independent, at large, loose, scot-free; left alone, left to oneself.    in full swing; uncaught, unconstrained, unbuttoned, unconfined, ... show more

13 loose

Casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior:
— He was told to avoid loose (or light) women.

synonyms: easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton.

Roget 961: impure; unclean etc. (dirty) 653; not to be mentioned to ears polite; immodest, shameless; indecorous, indelicate, indecent; Fescennine; loose, ... show more

Polish: rozwiązły, lubieżny, rozpustny

adverb

1 loose

Without restraint:
— Cows in India are running loose.

synonym: free.


Moby thesaurus: Bohemian, Paphian, abandoned, abate, absonant, adrift, affable, afloat, afoot and lighthearted, aid, aimless, aleatoric, aleatory, alleviate, amorphous, approximate, approximative, at large, at liberty, aweigh ... show more.

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