• 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 quotes

  • (..) It's simple, Sherman. I noticed the distance between the sewer lids... directly under the guillotine platform... noted the loose board under the basket... computed the angle at which the setting sun momentarily blinding the executioner... (..)
    2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman