What is the opposite of loose?

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Adjective
Opposite of not fixed in place tightly or firmly
“A sport climber will keep falling until he is past the last quickdraw he's clipped into and all the slack in the rope is taut.”
Adjective
(of a garment) Opposite of not fitting tightly or closely
“She looks down, the tight dress suddenly strangling her like a boa constrictor, keeping her from taking a deep breath.”
Adjective
Opposite of not firmly or tightly fixed in place
“I remember being in the car with my father and seeing soldiers on the street with bayonets fixed on their rifles.”
Adjective
Opposite of consisting of loose and scattered particles
“Ceramic ferroelectrics consist of nanometer-micrometer sized and tightly packed grains.”
Adjective
Opposite of allowed to hang freely
“That's not taking into account the guys who might lose their hair for other reasons, whether that be old age, stress, or even from wearing that tightly tied man bun for too long.”
Adjective
Opposite of not strict or exact
“Polybius wrote a precise account of history following a chronological pattern of Olympiads.”
Adjective
Opposite of composed of a number of different elements
“Public organizations collect similar data on their target groups, employees, and business processes.”
Adjective
Opposite of not confined or imprisoned
“Newly confined prisoners were admitted to the cell and observed for fifteen minutes during which no incidents of erratic behavior were recorded.”
Adjective
Opposite of liberally engaging in casual amorous encounters or relationships
“He was pure and chaste in reality but exhibited every appearance of libertinism.”
Adjective
Opposite of disconnected and not attached to anything
“The mess of connected cables on the floor was an accident waiting to happen.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial style, manner, or nature
“You will abide by my strict rules to maintain absolute cleanliness and hygiene in my household!”
Adjective
Opposite of having a strong carnal desire
Adjective
Opposite of shamelessly immoral
Adjective
Opposite of without exact limits
Adjective
Opposite of lacking clarity or conciseness
Adjective
Opposite of stated in indefinite terms
“I was surprised at how detailed and specific the manual was.”
Adjective
Opposite of having sinned
Adjective
(of clothes) Opposite of providing a feeling of relaxation when worn
“I hope you realize you're going to be in that uncomfortable outfit for three hours.”
Adjective
Opposite of improper, immodest or indecent
Adjective
Opposite of only indirectly related
Adjective
Opposite of lacking a logical sequence, system or plan
Adjective
Opposite of not tied up
Adjective
Opposite of consisting of loose and scattered particles
“However, the mechanisms promoting transformation of these compact particles into surface-active components is still poorly understood.”
Adjective
Opposite of capable of being transported
Adjective
Opposite of spread around in a chaotic and disorganized manner
Adjective
Opposite of visually indistinct
Adjective
Opposite of resembling or characteristic of powder in texture
Verb
Opposite of to unfasten or untie
“They then came with cords to bind his hands behind his back.”
Verb
Opposite of to make, or become, less taut
“He felt Roger tighten his grip on him and looked down at his brother.”
Verb
Opposite of to shoot a projectile
Hold your fire, men. Fire only on my command.”
Verb
Opposite of to release from captivity
“That creature is still on the loose, so you must capture him and confine him forever.”
Verb
Opposite of to disconnect or detach one thing from another
Verb
Opposite of to unfasten something tied, fastened, or fixed in place
Verb
Opposite of to remove, save or rescue from danger or harm
Verb
Opposite of to let go off
“Get a good pair of tongs to grip on to your food tightly.”
Verb
Opposite of to remove from suspicion or guilt
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