Loose - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |luːs|  American pronunciation of the word loose
Brit.  |luːs|  British pronunciation of the word loose


- grant freedom to; free from confinement (syn: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen)
- turn loose or free from restraint (syn: unleash)
let loose mines
- make loose or looser (syn: loosen)
loosen the tension on a rope
- become loose or looser or less tight (syn: loosen, relax)
The noose loosened


- (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
a loose ball
- not officially recognized or controlled (syn: informal)
a loose organization of the local farmers
- not literal (syn: free, liberal)
a loose interpretation of what she had been told
- emptying easily or excessively (syn: lax)
loose bowels
- not tense or taut (syn: slack)
the old man's skin hung loose and grey
- (of textures) full of small openings or gaps (syn: open)
a loose weave
- lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility (syn: idle)
a loose tongue
- not carefully arranged in a package
a box of loose nails
- having escaped, especially from confinement (syn: escaped)
dogs loose on the streets
criminals on the loose in the neighborhood
- casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior (syn: easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton)
he was told to avoid loose (or light) women


- without restraint (syn: free)
cows in India are running loose

Extra examples

Some of the shingles on the roof were loose.

The rope was tied in a loose knot.

The nails had been pried loose.

Some of the shingles had come loose.

The boat came loose from its moorings and floated out into the harbor.

The ball popped loose from the shortstop's glove.

She was wearing a loose dress.

The dog was wandering loose in the streets.

The soldiers loosed a volley of rifle fire.

...the archers loosed a great volley of arrows at the foot soldiers charging towards them...

The dog ran loose in the yard.

The loose papers blew off the desk.

Her hair hung loose to her shoulders.

Some of the pages have come loose.

Her logic is too loose to make much sense.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: loose
he/she/it: looses
present participle: loosing
past tense: loosed
past participle: loosed
comparative: looser
superlative: loosest
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