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

Translation of loosen in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (make less tight)
    desserrer (knot, belt, strap, lid, collar, screw)
    dégager (nail, post)
    relâcher (rope, string, link, control)
    assouplir (laws, restrictions)
    loosen all tight clothing (Medicine)
    défaire tout vêtement qui serre
    to loosen one's grip ou hold on something
    relâcher sa prise sur quelque chose
    relâcher son emprise sur quelque chose
  • 2 (make less compact)
    ameublir (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


to loosen somebody's tongue

délier la langue à quelqu'un

Phrasal verbs

loosen up

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