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Pronunciation: /luːs/

Translation of loose in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (looser, loosest)

  • 1 1.1 (not tight) [jacket/blouse] suelto, holgado, amplio these jeans are loose around the waist estos vaqueros me quedan flojos de cintura the handcuffs were loose on my wrists las esposas me quedaban flojas
    Example sentences
    • I turned to see Aya leaning in the corner, arms folded and dressed in loose shirt and tight shorts.
    • Clearly emphasising more on the textures and styling, the duo presented an entirely western range with skirts, dresses, jackets and loose trousers.
    • Home again, still a little over-heated, I changed back into shorts and a very loose shirt and cooled down nicely over a cup of excellent espresso.
    1.2 (not secure) [tile/screw/knot] flojo, suelto; [thread/end] suelto this tooth is loose tengo este diente flojo, se me mueve este diente the button's very loose el botón se está por caer some of the pages were loose algunas páginas estaban sueltas a loose connection un mal contacto loose covers (British English/inglés británico) [ fundas para sillones y sofás ] the knot had come loose el nudo se había aflojado the piece had worked (itself) loose la pieza se había soltado or desprendido to wear one's hair loose llevar el pelo suelto to be at a loose end o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) ends no tener* nada que hacer to tie up the loose ends atar (los) cabos sueltos
    Example sentences
    • Grinding can cause serious problems - broken or cracked teeth, gum problems, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth.
    • The 15-year-old schoolgirl suffered a perforated eardrum and two loose teeth in the attack by up to five other children, while it was recorded.
    • ‘The fire brigade went up and down in their skylift several times and removed the loose stones very courageously,’ he said.
    1.3 (separate, not packaged) [cigarettes] suelto; [tea/lentils] a granel, suelto to buy/sell sth loose comprar/vender algo suelto I wrote it on a loose piece of paper lo apunté en un papel (suelto)
    Example sentences
    • He carefully secures the material around my head, making sure not to snag any loose hairs within the knot and places his hands once more on my shoulders.
    • A loose paper floats from within the bag and floats to the ground.
    • This further complicated the positioning of loose blocks within the meter-thick sequence.
    1.4 (not compact) [earth] suelto; [weave] abierto, flojo loose chippings (British English/inglés británico) gravilla suelta
    Example sentences
    • High contact pressures cause the feet to penetrate through the loose material and actually compact the soil directly beneath the foot tip.
    • When plants were grown in a combination of compact and loose soil, the spatial arrangement of the zones determined the shoot response.
    • It is rumored that the loose Federation idea has some support among the neoconservatives, which is worrisome, since they tend to get what they want.
  • 2 (free) (predicative/predicativo) suelto a tiger is loose in the town un tigre anda suelto por la ciudad to break loose soltarse* to let o set o turn sb loose soltar* a algn let him loose suéltalo she turned the horses loose soltó los caballos don't go and let him loose on the new computer no lo vayas a dejar usar la computadora nueva they have been let loose on Mahler's Ninth les han permitido acometer la novena de Mahler loose horse caballo (masculine) sin jinete to be on the loose andar* suelto
    Example sentences
    • All cities have ordinances against unleashed pets, and calling Animal Control about a loose dog will usually get someone to show up.
    • They listed children racing around on quad and motorbikes, noise from buzzing generators, loose horses and animal mess on pavements around the site among their complaints.
    • Locals would call to report a loose horse or missing cattle, and he would go out and round up the errant livestock.
  • 3 3.1 (not precise) [definition] poco preciso; [translation] libre, aproximado the wording is so loose as to … está redactado de forma tan vaga que … a very loose use of the term un uso muy sui géneris del término 3.2 (flexible) [structure] flexible; [organization] poco rígido
    Example sentences
    • Whether Armitage's proposal was formally adopted or not, "a very loose central government" is what has been created in Afghanistan.
    • Elected chancellor of the loose union of representatives of the worlds, she played the role of benevolent manager in times of strife.
    • Meanwhile, the other party leaders (and John Key) form a fairly loose cluster at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum.
    Example sentences
    • You need to look at the slow erosion of states' rights, and strict vs. loose constructionism of the Constitution.
    • It seems like a rather loose interpretation of the word slave.
    • The new signs, in standard yellow and black, are up, and are predictably loose with their interpretation of English.
  • 4 4.1 (immoral) [morals] relajado, libertino; [life] disoluto a loose woman una mujer fácil or de vida alegre 4.2 (indiscreet) [tongue] suelto loose talk is dangerous la indiscreción es peligrosa
    Example sentences
    • He reports on a near-epidemic of indiscipline, suicides and loose talk
    • In too many instances, he said, the wives knew a lot about what the Bureau was doing, and they talked about it to excess — so much so that their loose talk might compromise current investigations.
    • In February 1940 a nationwide campaign was launched that warned the general public against loose talk and the dangers of unwittingly giving information to enemy sympathizers.
    Example sentences
    • A promiscuous woman is a loose woman. Note that in all three propositions, the reference is to sexual promiscuity.
    • Some traditional interpreters see this as a stern admonition - this is a loose woman, and she had better change her ways.
    • "Do you think Tess is a loose woman?"
  • 5 [Medicine/Medicina] to be loose [colloquial/familiar] estar* or andar* suelto de vientre
    Example sentences
    • Diarrhoea was defined as three or more loose, liquid, or watery stools or at least one loose stool containing blood in a 24 hour period.
    • Patients often find that they must restrict or change their diet to avoid excess wind, odour or loose stool.
    • Phototherapy can give your baby loose stools, temperature problems, or dehydration.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo


Phrasal verbs

loose off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (shoot) disparar to loose off at sb dispararle a algn 1.1verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento (fire) [gun/bullet] disparar; [arrow] lanzar* he loosed off a barrage of obscenities at them les soltó una sarta de obscenidades

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