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loosen
British English: /ˈluːs(ə)n/
American English: /ˈlus(ə)n/

Translation of loosen in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (make less tight)
    (knot, belt, strap, lid, collar, screw)
    (nail, post)
    (rope, string, link, control)
    [figurative] (laws, restrictions)
    loosen all tight clothing
    (Medicine)
    défaire tout vêtement qui serre
    to loosen one's grip ou hold on something
    [literal]
    relâcher sa prise sur quelque chose
    [figurative]
    relâcher son emprise sur quelque chose
  • 2 (make less compact)
    (soil)
    to loosen the bowels
    (Medicine, Pharmacology)
    avoir une action laxative

intransitive verb

  • (become less tight)
    (knot, fastening, screw, point, grip, hold)
    se desserrer
    (rope, string, wire)
    se détendre
    [figurative] (ties)
    se relâcher

Idioms

to loosen somebody's tongue

délier la langue à quelqu'un

Phrasal verbs

loosen up

1 loosen up 1.1 (Sport)
s'échauffer
1.2 [figurative]
(person)
se détendre, se dégeler
(informal)
2 loosen up [something], loosen [something] up [literal] [figurative]
(muscle, joint, policy, system)

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