• verb: to release or untie (an animal or person)
  • verb: to let loose
  • adjective: not tightly fastened, attached, or held
  • adjective: not rigidly fastened or securely attached
  • often used figuratively
  • synonyms: release, unbound, untied


  • This book is only a novel in the 'loose' sense of the word. [=the word “novel” does not usually refer to a book like this; many people would not consider the book a novel]

  • Ten advocacy groups from all parts of the country formed a 'loose' alliance/association/coalition to present their shared interests to Congress.

  • She's been 'cut loose' from her contract. [=the company/organization with whom she had a contract to work has ended the contract]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) We've got to plan, we've got to figure it out! Hermione, when have any of our plans ever actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose. He's right! One problem... Snape's Headmaster now, we can't just move from the front door! Well, we'll go to Hogsmeade, (..)
    2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2