loose

loose [lo͞os]
adj.
looser, loosest [ME lous < ON lauss, akin to Ger los, OE leas: see -LESS]
1. not confined or restrained; free; unbound
2. not put up in a special package, box, binding, etc. [loose salt]
3. readily available; not put away under lock and key [loose cash]
4. not firmly fastened down, on, or in [a loose tooth, a loose wheel]
5. not taut; slack
6. not tight; giving enough room [loose clothing]
7. not compact or compactly constructed [loose soil, a loose frame]
8. not restrained; irresponsible [loose talk]
9. not precise or close; inexact [a loose translation]
10. sexually immoral or promiscuous
11.
a) not strained or hard [a loose cough]
b) moving freely or excessively [loose bowels]
12. Informal relaxed; easy; unconstrained
adv.
looser, loosest
loosely; in a loose manner
vt.
loosed, loosing
1. to make loose; specif.,
a) to set free; unbind
b) to make less tight
c) to make less compact
d) to free from restraint; make less rigid; relax
e) to free from an obligation or responsibility; absolve
2. to let fly; release [to loose an arrow into the air]
vi.
to discharge a bullet, arrow, etc.; fire
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break loose
1. to free oneself by force
2. to shake off restraint
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cast loose
to untie or unfasten; become or set free
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let loose with or let loose
to set free or give out; release
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on the loose
1. not confined or bound; free
2. Informal having fun in a free, unrestrained manner
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set loose or turn loose
to make free; release
loosely
adv.
looseness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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