loosen

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loosen /ˈluːsn̩/ verb
loosens; loosened; loosening
loosen
/ˈluːsn̩/
verb
loosens; loosened; loosening
Learner's definition of LOOSEN
[+ object] : to make (something) less tight or firm : to make (something) loose or looser
sometimes used figuratively
[no object] : to become less tight or firm : to become loose or looser
: to become or to cause (something) to become less strict
[+ object]
[no object]

loosen someone's tongue

: to cause someone to talk more freely : to cause someone to say things that would not usually be said

loosen up

[phrasal verb]
: to make or become less tense : relax
loosen (someone or something) up or loosen up (someone or something) : to cause (someone or something) to relax
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