|v. t.||1.||To make loose; to free from tightness, tension, firmness, or fixedness; to make less dense or compact; |
|2.||To free from restraint; to set at liberty..|
|3.||To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.|
|v. i.||1.||To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.|
|Verb||1.||loosen - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"|
stiffen - make stiff or stiffer; "Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"
|2.||loosen - make less severe or strict; "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"|
|3.||loosen - become less severe or strict; "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"|
|4.||loosen - disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"|
|5.||loosen - cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"|
|6.||loosen - make less dense; "loosen the soil"|
|7.||loosen - become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"|
stiffen - become stiff or stiffer; "He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"