Translation of loosen in Spanish:

loosen

Pronunciation: /ˈluːsn/

vt

  • 1.1 (partially dislodge) [tooth] aflojar 1.2 (make less tight) [collar/knot/bolt] aflojar, soltar* I had to loosen my belt tuve que aflojarme el cinturón she loosened her grip on the steering wheel dejó de apretar con tanta fuerza el volante it loosens the bowels tiene efecto laxante 1.3 (make less compact) [soil] aflojar
    More example sentences
    • The girl to our right, in complementary pinks and peach colors, lifts her face as she loosens the tight black collar around her neck.
    • She shook her head in acknowledgment, and went to Glory, loosening the tied reins.
    • His fingers threaded through her tight chignon and loosened it.

vi

  • [knot/bolt] aflojarse, soltarse*
    More example sentences
    • At the end of the holiday, I was starting to feel the knots in my shoulders loosen and my mind start to clear after all the drama and stress of the past few months.
    • Her head rested on his shoulder and her body loosened.
    • Amy's shoulders loosened and Hart gently trod back to sit quietly by her side.

Phrasal verbs

loosen up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (physically) entrar en calor 1.2 (emotionally) relajarse 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (physically) [muscles] desentumecer* 2.2 (emotionally) hacer* relajar

Definition of loosen in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day triunfal
adj
triumphal …
Cultural fact of the day

The deck of cards used in Spain is called the baraja francesa. The four suits are oros, copas, espadas, and bastos, corresponding to diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs. Each suit has nine numbered cards and three face cards - jack (sota), knight, and king. There is no queen.