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American English: /lus/
British English: /luːs/

Translation of loose in Spanish:

adjective looser, loosest

  • 1 1.1 (not tight)
    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)
    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)
    (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) 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)
    to buy/sell something 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)
    loose chippings (British English)
    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) a tiger is loose in the town
    un tigre anda suelto por la ciudad
    to break loose
    to let o set o turn somebody loose
    soltar a alguien
    let him loose
    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)
    poco preciso
    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)
    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)
    a loose woman
    una mujer fácil or de vida alegre
    4.2 (indiscreet)
    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)to be loose [colloquial]
    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

  • 1.1 (release)
    poner en libertad
    1.2 (fire, unleash)
    Example sentences
    • You can see why Rummy would want to loose off a little cannon fire at anybody who wrote this up.
    • Visually striking and intriguing in concept, the link gun also takes its name from its secondary fire mode, which encourages the player to loose off a stream of fire towards a similarly armed team mate.
    • Sarah peeked over, spotting quickly to loose off another arrow before she was sniped off.
    Example sentences
    • Then about 150 years ago the glacial dam burst, loosing a 100-foot, landscape-scouring wave that wiped out entire villages.
    • At the end of the millennial reign, Satan will be loosed and a massive rebellion against the kingdom and a fierce assault against Christ and His saints will occur.
    • The prime minister is afraid that his protestations will be lost in the synthetic public outrage that is being loosed by the Eurosceptic media.

Phrasal verbs

loose off

1verb + adverb (shoot) to loose off at somebody
dispararle a alguien
2verb + adverb + object (fire)
he loosed off a barrage of obscenities at them
les soltó una sarta de obscenidades

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