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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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Just tap on the valve with your finger to loosen any dirt stuck inside.
I can come out here and practice, and my foot will just loosen up.
If there isn't any redness or drainage, you most likely have a new nail growing in from the previous irritation and this loosens the old nail as it grows out.
For each of these categories, conforming to the understanding couples project and organization, while deviating loosens project and organization.
Global Banking News-January 28, 2015--Peru's central bank loosens currency reserve rule
The retaining ring loosens, letting in dirt and sand.