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  1. [verb] make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
    Synonyms: loose

  2. [verb] make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
    Synonyms: relax

  3. [verb] become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
    Synonyms: relax

  4. [verb] disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
    Synonyms: tease, tease apart

  5. [verb] cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"
    Synonyms: untie, undo

  6. [verb] make less dense; "loosen the soil"

  7. [verb] become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
    Synonyms: relax, loose


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