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Noun: loosening  loo-su-ning
  1. An occurrence of control or strength weakening
    "the loosening of his grip";
    - relaxation, slackening
     
  2. The act of making something less tight
    - laxation
Verb: loosen  loo-sun
  1. Make less tight or stiff
    "loosen the tension on a rope";
    - loose
     
  2. Make less severe or strict
    "The government loosened the curfew after most of the rebels were caught";
    - relax
     
  3. Become less severe or strict
    "The rules loosened after the new director arrived";
    - relax
     
  4. Disentangle and raise the fibers of
    "loosen wool";
    - tease, tease apart
     
  5. Make less dense
    "loosen the soil"
     
  6. Become loose, looser or less tight
    "The noose loosened";
    - relax, loose

Type of: adjustment, alter, alteration, change, disentangle, modification, modify, straighten out, unsnarl, weaken, weakening

Antonym: stiffen, tightening