Synonyms for loose

Synonyms for (verb) loose

Synonyms: loose, loosen, relax

Definition: become loose or looser or less tight

Usage: The noose loosened; the rope relaxed

Similar words: weaken

Definition: become weaker

Usage: The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days


Synonyms: loose, loosen

Definition: make loose or looser

Usage: loosen the tension on a rope

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: unleash, let loose, loose

Definition: turn loose or free from restraint

Usage: let loose mines; Loose terrible plagues upon humanity

Similar words: let go, let go of, release, relinquish

Definition: release, as from one's grip

Usage: Let go of the door handle, please!; relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall

Synonyms for (adjective) loose

Synonyms: easy, promiscuous, light, loose, wanton, sluttish

Definition: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

Usage: her easy virtue; he was told to avoid loose (or light) women; wanton behavior

Similar words: unchaste

Definition: not chaste

Usage: unchaste conduct


Synonyms: loose

Definition: not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

Usage: loose gravel

Similar words: light

Definition: (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency

Usage: light soil


Similar words: unfirm, shifting

Definition: (of soil) unstable

Usage: shifting sands; unfirm earth


Similar words: silty

Definition: full of silt

Usage: silty soil


Similar words: unconsolidated

Definition: loose and unstratified

Usage: unconsolidated soil


Synonyms: loose

Definition: (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player

Usage: a loose ball

Similar words: uncontrolled

Definition: not being under control; out of control

Usage: the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS; uncontrolled growth


Synonyms: lax, loose

Definition: emptying easily or excessively

Usage: loose bowels

Similar words: regular, unconstipated

Definition: not constipated


Synonyms: liberal, loose, free

Definition: not literal

Usage: a loose interpretation of what she had been told; a free translation of the poem

Similar words: inexact

Definition: not exact


Synonyms: escaped, loose, at large, on the loose

Definition: having escaped, especially from confinement

Usage: a convict still at large; searching for two escaped prisoners; dogs loose on the streets; criminals on the loose in the neighborhood

Similar words: free

Definition: able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint

Usage: 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


Synonyms: loose

Definition: not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

Usage: loose clothing; the large shoes were very loose

Similar words: loose-fitting, baggy, sloppy

Definition: not fitting closely; hanging loosely

Usage: baggy trousers; a loose-fitting blouse is comfortable in hot weather


Similar words: flyaway

Definition: (of hair or clothing) worn loose

Usage: her flyaway hair; a flyaway coat


Synonyms: loose, informal

Definition: not officially recognized or controlled

Usage: an informal agreement; a loose organization of the local farmers

Similar words: unofficial

Definition: not having official authority or sanction

Usage: a sort of unofficial mayor; an unofficial estimate; he participated in an unofficial capacity


Synonyms: loose

Definition: not carefully arranged in a package

Usage: a box of loose nails

Similar words: unpackaged

Definition: not packaged or put into packets

Usage: unpackaged nuts


Synonyms: loose, idle

Definition: lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

Usage: idle talk; a loose tongue

Similar words: irresponsible

Definition: showing lack of care for consequences

Usage: behaved like an irresponsible idiot; hasty and irresponsible action


Synonyms: open, loose

Definition: (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

Usage: an open texture; a loose weave

Similar words: harsh, coarse

Definition: of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

Usage: coarse meal; coarse sand; a coarse weave


Synonyms: slack, loose

Definition: not tense or taut

Usage: the old man's skin hung loose and grey; slack and wrinkled skin; slack sails; a slack rope

Similar words: lax

Definition: lacking in strength or firmness or resilience

Usage: a lax rope; a limp handshake