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Etymology

Old Norse lauss

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to loose

Third person singular
loos

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to loose (third-person singular simple present loos, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To let loose, to free from restraints.
  2. (transitive) To unfasten, to loosen.
  3. (transitive) To make less tight, to loosen.
  4. (intransitive) Of a grip or hold, to let go.
  5. (archery) to shoot (an arrow)

Usage notes

  • Do not confuse loose with lose.

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Adjective

loose (comparative loos, superlative er)

Positive
loose

Comparative
loos

Superlative
er

  1. Not fixed in place tightly or firmly
    This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel
  2. Not held or packaged together
    You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose
  3. Not bound or tethered or leashed
    The dog is loose again
  4. Not fitting closely
    I wear loose clothes when it is hot
  5. Not compact
    It is difficult walking on loose gravel
  6. relaxed
    She danced with a loose flowing movement
  7. indiscreet
    Loose talk costs lives
  8. (dated) promiscuous
    She is a loose woman
  9. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (poker) A player who plays many hands
  10. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (poker) A strategy which involves playing many hands

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Interjection

loose

  1. (archery) begin shooting; release your arrows

Antonyms

  • (archery: begin shooting): fast

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