Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOOSENS

He stops, and loosens the bandage, and relieves the swollen limb.

It loosens the leaves, and also exposes it in other respects.

Hicky says it loosens his skin and makes him feel comfortable.

He loosens his grasp for an instant, and the dark street seems to whirl.

The tremor that passes over Isolde loosens her grasp upon the goblet.

In a love scene he loosens the bands of her outer robe, which falls off.

The cup, which cheers but not inebriates, loosens Dr. Keifs tongue.

He calls on his kindred to help him, and loosens the hounds of hunting.

This loosens the shells and the inner skins, which can now be removed together.

Pinnacle after pinnacle of glittering dogma, loosens, falls, and sinks for ever.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., losnen, later lousen (early 15c.), from loose (v.) + -en (1). Related: Loosened; loosening.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.