Synonyms for loosening


1. relaxation, loosening, slackening, weakening
usage: an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"
2. loosening, laxation, alteration, modification, adjustment
usage: the act of making something less tight


1. loosen, loose, change, alter, modify
usage: make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
2. relax, loosen, change, alter, modify
usage: make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
3. relax, loosen, change
usage: become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
4. tease, tease apart, loosen, disentangle, unsnarl, straighten out
usage: disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
5. untie, undo, loosen, change, alter, modify
usage: cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"
6. loosen, change, alter, modify
usage: make less dense; "loosen the soil"
7. loosen, relax, loose, weaken
usage: become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"
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