One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘to open it up, you simply loosen two screws’
make slack, slacken, slack, unstick
unfasten, detach, release, disconnect, undo, unclasp, unlatch, unbolt
2‘her fingers loosened’
become slack, slacken, become loose, let go, unbind, ease
work loose, work free
3‘he had loosened his tie and undone his top button’
unfasten, undo, release, unhook, slacken, let out
4‘Philip loosened his grip’
weaken, relax, slacken, loose, lessen, reduce, moderate, diminish, soften, alleviate, dilute
5‘you need to loosen up, get rid of some inhibitions’
relax, become relaxed, unwind, ease off, ease up, become less rigid
informal let up, hang loose, lighten up, go easy
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