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  • verbset free; unbind
  • verbunbind

synonyms for loosening

  • break up
  • slacken
  • relax
  • ease
  • loose
  • undo
  • unlock
  • untie
  • alleviate
  • unloose
  • extricate
  • unclasp
  • unfasten
  • disconnect
  • unbuckle
  • separate
  • disjoin
  • deliver
  • free
  • discharge
  • detach
  • emancipate
  • mitigate
  • unhitch
  • disengage
  • unbutton
  • unleash
  • release
  • manumit
  • liberate
  • lax
  • untighten
  • unscrew
  • unlash
  • unbar
  • unbolt
  • unchain
  • unlace
  • unstrap
  • unpin
  • unhook
  • become unfastened
  • disenthrall
  • ease off
  • let go
  • let out
  • unfix
  • unlatch
  • unsnap
  • unstick
  • work free
  • work loose
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antonyms for loosening

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  • bind
  • limit
  • restrict
  • tighten
  • engage
  • keep
  • hold
  • join
  • attach
  • button
  • incarcerate
  • imprison
  • detain
  • confine
  • restrain
  • limit
  • unite
  • combine
  • link
  • hook
  • hitch
  • couple
  • connect
  • fasten
  • increase
  • tighten
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How to use loosening in a sentence

"Don't sound enticin'," said Scattergood, reaching down and loosening his shoe.
SCATTERGOOD BAINESCLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND
After using all his strength in long-continued efforts, he succeeded in loosening the bar of his bedroom window.
ERIC, OR LITTLE BY LITTLEFREDERIC W. FARRAR
The Earl began to pull off his gloves slowly, loosening each finger first.
THE RAKE'S PROGRESSMARJORIE BOWEN
Then loosening herself she went all about the room with a caressing touch to everything, as though it were alive.
THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINEJOHN FOX, JR.
As illustrated, the device is set for six o'clock, but by loosening the nut C an hour's adjustment either way may be had.
THE BOY MECHANIC, BOOK 2VARIOUS
The bag may be easily opened by unwinding the chain after loosening it by raising the bag slightly.
THE BOY MECHANIC, BOOK 2VARIOUS
His dog was howling, his head was aching fearfully—somebody was pulling him about, hands were loosening his neckerchief.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWDTHOMAS HARDY
Loosening her hand from the side of the boat, Myra wound one arm about the knees of the squatter.
TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRYGRACE MILLER WHITE
For now is my chance to defeat nature and wring from the loosening grip of her hand the pure iron she never intended to give us.
THE IRON PUDDLERJAMES J. DAVIS
And loosening the rein of his willing horse, away he went again in a wild headlong career.
MARTIN RATTLERR.M. BALLANTYNE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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capacitor

WORDS RELATED TO LOOSENING

  • clearing
  • deliverance
  • delivery
  • discharging
  • extrication
  • granting freedom
  • liberation
  • loosening
  • loosing
  • manumission
  • pardoning
  • releasing
  • reprieve
  • rescuing
  • restoration
  • salvation
  • saving
  • setting free
  • unbinding
  • unchaining
  • unfettering
  • unlocking
  • untying
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.