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loosen

(Ease up), verb abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, decrease tension, diminish, ease, ease off, extricate, free, lessen, let loose, let up, lighten, mitigate, moderate, palliate, reduce, relax, release, relieve, soften, soften up, weaken
Associated concepts: loosen a monopoly, loosen rules, loosen the law

loosen

(Release), verb cut loose, detach, disjoin, ease, free, let go, let loose, let up, loosen, relax, relieve tension, unbind, unbolt, unbridle, unbuckle, undo, unfasten, unfetter, unlatch, unlock, unloosen, unshackle, untie
See also: disencumber, disentangle, disenthrall, dissociate, ease, extricate, give, relax, remit, yield
References in classic literature ?
She had no knife and the bonds were tied tightly but she worked quickly and coolly and as Zu-tag and his apes closed with the warriors, she succeeded in loosening Tarzan's bonds sufficiently to permit him to extricate his own hands so that in another minute he had freed himself.
He couldn't sleep, and he wouldn't let me," I whispered, never loosening my grasp of the door, and standing tight against the other wall.
Never you mind," said Crawshay, loosening his collar; "let's talk about how I'm to get out.
exclaimed Pancks, loosening his hold of his hair; 'at me again, and again
Lower credit score approval indicates mortgage credit loosening.
Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said, 'The national bank has no plans for an easy and quick loosening of controls related to Greek-owned banks in Serbia, as pressures from that side have not subsided yet.
A voluntary recall on 7,387 Acura RLX vehicles of certain model year 2014 has been publisheed by the American automaker Honda Motor in the US over loosening of lower control arm bolts .
29 ( ANI ): China has formally approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy.
He has made many noises of loosening up on foreign policy and accepting nuclear talks with Washington, although with no expectation of success.
While Newtown and Aurora have prompted some states to pass stronger gun control laws, or at least prevented loosening gun laws (a Utah bill to allow concealed carry without a permit was vetoed, as was an Alabama bill to form volunteer emergency security services at public schools consisting of current and retired school employees and local residents), other states are loosening their gun laws following the tragedies.
Most of the time the bone loss is due to wear-mediated inflammation that ultimately can lead to aseptic loosening of cemented and uncemented devices, but may reflect a late change of an infectious process and more rarely an infiltration of a primary or metastatic tumor (2-4).
Broadly speaking, the currently accepted understanding for loosening identifies two common reasons, i.