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Present participle for to unfasten something tied, fastened, or fixed in place
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“The wind tried tirelessly to loosen her tight pony-tail, but only resulted in removing a few strands to hang by her ears, decorated with gold hoops.”
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Present participle for to loosen or slacken the tension of
“Lifeguards flushed the shark's gills with fresh water to loosen its grip.”
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Present participle for become relaxed or less tight
“He saw her shoulders loosen and her frown disappear.”
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Present participle for to make (something tied, fastened, or fixed in place) less tight or firm
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Present participle for to make loose
“There is no sign that the Party will loosen its grip on the country.”
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Present participle for to release from captivity
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“It descends to loosen him from his chains, to pull him out of his darkness, and finally expose him to the light of grace.”
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Present participle for to disconnect or detach one thing from another
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Present participle for to apply a substance such as oil or grease to (an engine or component) so as to minimize friction and allow smooth movement
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Present participle for to remove controls
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Present participle for to cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool
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Present participle for to remove or clear a block or obstruction from
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Present participle for open or spread out from a folded position
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Present participle for to gradually melt, dissolve, or become fluid
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Present participle for to remove, especially a stain
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The action or process of detaching or dismembering a part or limb from a structure or body
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The action of making a rule or restriction less strict
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Emancipation
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Deregulation
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