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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
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Caption: When motorcycle helmet laws are loosened, the risk for injuries and death increases, according to research in AJPH.
While on the floor he was kicked in the mouth area with such force it shattered the roof of his mouth and loosened four teeth.
The prosecution at Mold Crown Court claimed Bellis, 56, loosened the wheel nuts on the passenger side front wheel of his pick-up.
Because there wasn't equal loading on all the threads, some of the bolts loosened and stripped," says Reaser.
On Columbia's maiden journey in April 1981, some 15 tiles were thought to have loosened when foam from a fuel tank struck just after liftoff.
With the FCC announcing last February that it would revisit the limitations it imposed, UWB companies are hoping those limitations will be loosened, thereby expanding the commercial possibilities.
If your pain is due to tightness around the arthroscopic portals (surgical incisions), the adherent tissue can sometimes be loosened by specific scar massage techniques, best provided by a sports-oriented physical therapist.
Two new types of PEM[R] self-clinching low-profile panel fastener assemblies from PEM[R] Fastening Systems feature a Phillips recess to enable their captive screws to be tightened or loosened using a Phillips screwdriver.
When the Argentine Soccer Association loosened ownership restrictions in March, the investment company rushed to invest US$6 million in second division team Quilmes.
The current project tests the hypothesis that auxin-induced growth of tobacco leaf tissues results either from increased production of wall loosening enzymes and/or from increased susceptibility of the cell wall to be loosened without a lowering of pH.
The loosely coupled systems model focuses attention on the dialectical quality of the relationship between the two systems (at once loosened from and coupled to), on the independence, yet mutual influence, of the emerging and existing organizations, on both tacit and explicit loosenings and couplings, and on both innovators and managers as co-creators of synergy between project concept and organization.
Sean hopped off, ground staff loosened the horse's saddle and eventually dislodged him.