Definition of Loose

1. Verb. Grant freedom to; free from confinement. "They want to loose the prisoners "

Exact synonyms: Free, Liberate, Release, Unloose, Unloosen
Specialized synonyms: Unspell, Unchain, Bail, Run, Bail Out, Parole
Antonyms: Confine
Derivative terms: Free, Freeing, Liberation, Liberator, Liberty, Release

2. Adjective. Not compact or dense in structure or arrangement. ; "Loose gravel"
Similar to: Light, Shifting, Unfirm, Silty, Unconsolidated
Antonyms: Compact
Derivative terms: Looseness

3. Adverb. Without restraint. "Cows in India are running loose"
Exact synonyms: Free

4. Verb. Turn loose or free from restraint. "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
Exact synonyms: Let Loose, Unleash
Generic synonyms: Let Go, Let Go Of, Release, Relinquish

5. Adjective. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player. "A loose ball"
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Similar to: Uncontrolled

6. Verb. Make loose or looser. "Loosen the tension on a rope"
Exact synonyms: Loosen
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Causes: Loosen, Relax
Specialized synonyms: Relax, Unbend, Remit, Slacken, Slack, Unscrew, Unscrew
Derivative terms: Loosening, Loosening
Antonyms: Stiffen

7. Adjective. Not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting. "The large shoes were very loose"
Similar to: Baggy, Loose-fitting, Sloppy, Flyaway
Also: Lax
Derivative terms: Looseness
Antonyms: Tight

8. Verb. Become loose or looser or less tight. "The rope relaxed"
Exact synonyms: Loosen, Relax
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Derivative terms: Loosening, Loosening, Relaxation
Antonyms: Stiffen

9. Adjective. Not officially recognized or controlled. "A loose organization of the local farmers"
Exact synonyms: Informal
Similar to: Unofficial

10. Adjective. Not literal. "A free translation of the poem"
Exact synonyms: Free, Liberal
Similar to: Inexact
Derivative terms: Looseness

11. Adjective. Emptying easily or excessively. "Loose bowels"
Exact synonyms: Lax
Similar to: Regular, Unconstipated
Derivative terms: Laxness, Looseness

12. Adjective. Not affixed. "The stamp came loose"
Exact synonyms: Unaffixed
Derivative terms: Looseness
Antonyms: Affixed

13. Adjective. Not tense or taut. "A slack rope"
Exact synonyms: Slack
Similar to: Lax
Derivative terms: Looseness, Slack, Slack, Slackness

14. Adjective. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps. "A loose weave"
Exact synonyms: Open
Similar to: Coarse, Harsh

15. Adjective. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility. "A loose tongue"
Exact synonyms: Idle
Similar to: Irresponsible
Derivative terms: Looseness

16. Adjective. Not carefully arranged in a package. "A box of loose nails"
Similar to: Unpackaged

17. Adjective. Having escaped, especially from confinement. "Criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"
Exact synonyms: At Large, Escaped, On The Loose
Similar to: Free

18. Adjective. Casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior. "Wanton behavior"

Definition of Loose

1. a. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book.

2. n. Freedom from restraint.

3. v. n. To untie or unbind; to free from any fastening; to remove the shackles or fastenings of; to set free; to relieve.

4. v. i. To set sail.

Definition of Loose

1. Verb. (transitive) To let loose, to free from restraints. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To unfasten, to loosen. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make less tight, to loosen. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) Of a grip or hold, to let go. ¹

5. Verb. (archery) to shoot (an arrow) ¹

6. Adjective. Not fixed in place tightly or firmly. ¹

7. Adjective. Not held or packaged together. ¹

8. Adjective. Not under control. ¹

9. Adjective. Not fitting closely ¹

10. Adjective. Not compact. ¹

11. Adjective. Relaxed. ¹

12. Adjective. Indiscreet. ¹

13. Adjective. (dated) Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste. ¹

14. Adjective. (not comparable sports) Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game. ¹

15. Noun. (archery) The release of an arrow. ¹

16. Noun. (obsolete) A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment. ¹

17. Noun. (sports) ¹

18. Interjection. (archery) begin shooting; release your arrows ¹

19. Verb. (misspelling of lose) ¹

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Definition of Loose

1. not firm, taut, or rigid [adj LOOSER, LOOSEST] : LOOSELY [adv] / to set free [v LOOSED, LOOSING, LOOSES]

Medical Definition of Loose

1. 1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book. "Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat." (Shak) 2. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc.; with from or of. "Now I stand Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts ?" (Addison) 3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment. 4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture. "With horse and chariots ranked in loose array." (Milton) 5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning. "The comparison employed . . . Must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation." (Whewel) 6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right. "The loose morality which he had learned." (Sir W. Scott) 7. Unconnected; rambling. "Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages." (I. Watts) 8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. 9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman. "Loose ladies in delight." (Spenser) 10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle. at loose ends, not in order; in confusion; carelessly managed. Fast and loose. See Fast. To break loose. See Break. Loose pulley. See Fast and loose pulleys, under Fast. To let loose, to free from restraint or confinement; to set at liberty. Origin: OE. Loos, lous, laus, Icel. Lauss; akin to OD. Loos, D. Los, AS. Leas false, deceitful, G. Los, loose, Dan. & Sw. Los, Goth. Laus, and E. Lose. See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Loose

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Literary usage of Loose

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1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"Then they turned their faces toward each other, with the memory of his last words in them, and they did not loose each other's hands. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1912)
"loose-LEAF RECORDS IN LAW. IN reply to a query, the American Stationer quotes the following opinion given by its legal department on the question of the ..."

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