Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb loose

4 senses of loose

Sense 1
free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose -- (grant freedom to; free from confinement)

Sense 2
unleash, let loose, loose -- (turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity")
       => let go of, let go, release, relinquish -- (release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall")

Sense 3
loosen, loose -- (make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
loosen, relax, loose -- (become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed")
       => weaken -- (become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days")

Antonyms of adj loose

13 senses of loose

Sense 1
loose (vs. compact) -- (not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel")

compact (vs. loose) -- (closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers")
        => clayey, cloggy, heavy -- ((used of soil) compact and fine-grained; "the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated")
        => close-packed -- (packed especially tightly)
        => consolidated -- (forming a solid mass)
        => impacted, wedged -- (wedged or packed in together; "an impacted tooth")
        => packed -- (pressed together or compressed; "packed snow")
        => serried -- ((especially of rows as of troops or mountains) pressed together; "in serried ranks")
        => tight -- (packed closely together; "they stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight")

Sense 2
loose -- ((of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball")

INDIRECT (VIA uncontrolled) -> controlled -- (restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds; "controlled emotions"; "the controlled release of water from reservoirs")

Sense 3
loose (vs. tight) -- (not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose")

tight (vs. loose) -- (closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest")
        => choky -- (so tight as to tend to choke; "a choky collar")
        => clenched, clinched -- (closed or squeezed together tightly; "a clenched fist"; "his clenched (or clinched) teeth")
        => close, snug, close-fitting -- (fitting closely but comfortably; "a close fit")
        => skintight, skin-tight -- (so tight as to cling to the skin; "skintight jeans")
        => tight-fitting, tightfitting, tight fitting, tightly fitting, skinny -- (fitting snugly; "a tightly-fitting cover"; "tight-fitting clothes")
        => viselike -- (clamped as in a vise; "a viselike grip")

Sense 4
informal, loose -- (not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers")

INDIRECT (VIA unofficial) -> official -- (having official authority or sanction; "official permission"; "an official representative")

Sense 5
free, loose, liberal -- (not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem")

INDIRECT (VIA inexact) -> exact -- (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target")

Sense 6
lax, loose -- (emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels")

INDIRECT (VIA unconstipated) -> constipated -- (have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels)

Sense 7
unaffixed (vs. affixed), loose -- (not affixed; "the stamp came loose")


Sense 8
loose, slack -- (not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope")

INDIRECT (VIA lax) -> tense -- (taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings")

Sense 9
loose, open -- ((of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave")

INDIRECT (VIA coarse) -> fine -- (of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles; "wood with a fine grain"; "fine powdery snow"; "fine rain"; "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave"; "covered with a fine film of dust")

Sense 10
idle, loose -- (lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue")

INDIRECT (VIA irresponsible) -> responsible -- (worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable; "a responsible adult"; "responsible journalism"; "a responsible position"; "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety"; "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament")

Sense 11
loose -- (not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails")

INDIRECT (VIA unpackaged) -> packaged -- (enclosed in a package or protective covering; "packaged cereals")

Sense 12
at large (predicate), escaped, loose, on the loose (predicate) -- (having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners"; "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood")

INDIRECT (VIA free) -> unfree -- (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)

Sense 13
easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton -- (casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior")

INDIRECT (VIA unchaste) -> chaste -- (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste")

Similarity of adj loose

13 senses of loose

Sense 1
loose (vs. compact) -- (not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel")
       => light -- ((used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light soil")
       => shifting, unfirm -- ((of soil) unstable; "shifting sands"; "unfirm earth")
       => silty -- (full of silt; "silty soil")
       => unconsolidated -- (loose and unstratified; "unconsolidated soil")

Sense 2
loose -- ((of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball")
       => uncontrolled (vs. controlled) -- (not being under control; out of control; "the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS"; "uncontrolled growth")

Sense 3
loose (vs. tight) -- (not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose")
       => baggy, loose-fitting, sloppy -- (not fitting closely; hanging loosely; "baggy trousers"; "a loose-fitting blouse is comfortable in hot weather")
       => flyaway -- ((of hair or clothing) worn loose; "her flyaway hair"; "a flyaway coat")
          Also See-> lax#3

Sense 4
informal, loose -- (not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers")
       => unofficial (vs. official) -- (not having official authority or sanction; "a sort of unofficial mayor"; "an unofficial estimate"; "he participated in an unofficial capacity")

Sense 5
free, loose, liberal -- (not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem")
       => inexact (vs. exact) -- (not exact)

Sense 6
lax, loose -- (emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels")
       => unconstipated (vs. constipated), regular -- (not constipated)

Sense 7
unaffixed (vs. affixed), loose -- (not affixed; "the stamp came loose")

Sense 8
loose, slack -- (not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and grey"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope")
       => lax (vs. tense) -- (lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "a lax rope"; "a limp handshake")

Sense 9
loose, open -- ((of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave")
       => coarse (vs. fine), harsh -- (of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave")

Sense 10
idle, loose -- (lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue")
       => irresponsible (vs. responsible) -- (showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action")

Sense 11
loose -- (not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails")
       => unpackaged (vs. packaged) -- (not packaged or put into packets; "unpackaged nuts")

Sense 12
at large (predicate), escaped, loose, on the loose (predicate) -- (having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners"; "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood")
       => free (vs. unfree) -- (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint; "free enterprise"; "a free port"; "a free country"; "I have an hour free"; "free will"; "free of racism"; "feel free to stay as long as you wish"; "a free choice")

Sense 13
easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton -- (casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior")
       => unchaste (vs. chaste) -- (not chaste; "unchaste conduct")

Synonyms of adv loose

1 sense of loose

Sense 1
loose, free -- (without restraint; "cows in India are running loose")

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