French translation of 'loosen'
1. [screw, bolt] desserrer
2. [clothes, tie, belt] desserrer
to loosen one’s grip on sth (= hold less tightly) relâcher sa prise sur qch
He loosened his grip on her and she wriggled free. Il relâcha son étreinte et elle se libéra en se tortillant.(= relinquish control of) relâcher son emprise sur qch
He refused to loosen his grip on power. Il refusa de lâcher les rênes du pouvoir.
4. [restrictions, laws] relâcher ⧫ assouplir
to loosen sb’s tongue délier la langue à qn
Phrasal verbsloosen up
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Example Sentences Including 'loosen'
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Little by little their tongues loosened up.The Times Literary Supplement (2013)
It was perhaps in making his salute to her that he loosened his hold on the monkey.A Little Princess (1905)
So there will be no loosening of controls on spending or public sector pay.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
This will help to loosen the skins.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
He had heard the crowd grow more raucous as the afternoon wore on and the consumption of beer loosened tongues.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The quid pro quo is that the union must loosen the reins of power.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
When you have some time off you have to loosen up a bit.The Sun (2014)
Carefully spread the butter under the loosened skin of the turkey.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Mix together well to loosen the mixture slightly.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The heat is said to loosen the muscles for stunning feats of flexibility.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The idea was to loosen the bolts of our thinking.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
They leave the chewing gum but loosen it a bit.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
This will loosen the grip they have on you.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
At parties he drank heavily to loosen his tongue.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Doing so will provide them with more leeway to loosen policy should global conditions take a sharp turn for the worse.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Protesters have spent six months demanding the king loosen his grip on power.The Sun (2011)
Subsequent work helped to hasten the loosening of government control over broadcasting.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The architects of that boom will not loosen their grip without a fight.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The collagen bonds are loosened so the skin tightens.The Sun (2008)
You may want to go for a gentle run to loosen the muscles and calm the nerves.The Sun (2013)
The chances of a loosening in monetary policy are slim while those price pressures remain.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
We must not loosen the tight grip on tax and spending.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Welfare reform is politically very difficult and it was far easier to leave people on benefits while loosening immigration controls to hire workers from abroad.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
And how can we loosen its oppressive hold on our lives?Christianity Today (2000)
Some nights no one seemed willing to loosen the hold that sounds had on us.Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)
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'loosen' in Other Languages
British English: loosen VERB
restrictions If someone loosens restrictions or laws, for example, they make them less strict or severe.
Many groups are pressing the government to loosen interest rates.
British English: loosen VERB
clothing If you loosen your clothing or something that is tied or fastened, you undo it slightly so that it is less tight or less firmly held in place.
He reached up to loosen the scarf around his neck.
Translation of loosen from the Collins English to French Dictionary