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

Translation of loosen in Italian:

transitive verb

  • 1 (make less tight)
    sciogliere, allentare (knot, belt, strap)
    allentare (lid, collar, screw)
    smuovere (nail, post)
    allentare (rope, string, link, control)
    sciogliere (hair)
    [figurative]
    rendere meno severo (laws, restrictions)
    loosen all tight clothing (Medicine)
    sbottonare gli abiti che stringono
    to loosen one's grip o hold on something
    allentare la presa su qualcosa (also figurative)
  • 2 (make less compact)
    dissodare (soil)
    to loosen the bowels (Medicine, Pharmacology)
    liberare l'intestino o avere effetto lassativo

intransitive verb

  • (become less tight)
    (knot, fastening, screw, point, grip, hold)
    allentarsi
    (rope, string, wire)
    sciogliersi, slegarsi
    [figurative]
    (ties)
    allentarsi

Idioms

to loosen somebody's tongue

sciogliere la lingua a qualcuno

Phrasal verbs

loosen up:

1 loosen up 1.1 (Sport)
sciogliere i muscoli
1.2 [figurative] (person)
rilassarsi, calmarsi
2 loosen up [something], loosen [something] up
sciogliere (muscle)
allentare (joint)
[figurative]
ammorbidire (policy)

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