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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not attached)
a. suelto
Come on, darling! Show the dentist that loose tooth.¡Vamos, cariño! Enséñale al dentista este diente suelto.
b. flojo
The door of this cupboard is loose.La puerta de este armario está floja.
2. (not tight)
a. holgado
I need a smaller size; this T-shirt is too loose for my liking.Necesito una talla más pequeña, esta camiseta es muy holgada para mi gusto.
b. amplio
Now that you're pregnant, you'll need loose dresses and blouses.Ahora que estás embarazada, necesitarás vestidos y blusas amplios.
c. suelto
Loose trousers are the best option when you spend most of the day sitting down.Los pantalones sueltos son la mejor opción cuando pasas sentado la mayor parte del día.
d. flojo
In the forties, many men wore loose suits and large hats.En los años cuarenta muchos hombres llevaron trajes flojos y sombreros grandes.
3. (not taut)
a. flácido
People who have lost a lot of weight sometimes have loose skin.La gente que ha perdido mucho peso a veces tiene la piel flácida.
4. (not packaged)
a. suelto
You can buy loose gum at the newsstand.Se puede comprar chicles sueltos en el puesto de diarios.
b. a granel
I usually buy loose dried fruit at the market because it's cheaper.Suelo comprar frutos secos a granel en el mercado porque sale más barato.
5. (free)
a. suelto
They say there's a loose panther living in that jungle.Dicen que hay un jaguar suelto viviendo en esa selva.
6. (not strict)
a. flexible
We are not looking for a loose agreement, but for a firm commitment.No buscamos un acuerdo flexible, sino un compromiso en firme.
b. poco rígido
A loose structure just leads to chaos.Una estructura poco rígida solo lleva al caos.
7. (imprecise)
a. vago
The professor gave an extremely loose explanation of the phenomenon.El profesor dio una explicación muy vaga del fenómeno.
b. poco preciso
The judge said the interpretation the lawyer gave the word "child" was rather loose.El juez dijo que la interpretación que el abogado dio a la palabra "hijo" fue muy poco precisa.
c. aproximado
Can I show you a loose outline of what I'm going to build?¿Te puedo mostrar un esbozo aproximado de lo que voy a construir?
8. (immoral)
a. disoluto
He lived a loose life, without any responsibilities or worries.Vivía una vida disoluta, sin responsabilidades o preocupaciones.
b. libertino
She was described as a loose woman, but I believe she was just ahead of her time.Se decía que era una mujer libertina, pero creo que solo era muy adelantada para su tiempo.
9. (not compressed)
a. suelto
I need to buy some loose talc to fix my makeup.Tengo que comprar talco suelto para fijar el maquillaje.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
10. (to set free)
a. soltar
Finally, the young elephant was loosed into the wild.Finalmente, se soltó al joven elefante en su hábitat natural.
b. poner en libertad
The soldiers loosed the prisoners of war.Los soldados pusieron en libertad a los prisioneros de guerra.
11. (to fire)
a. lanzar
The archer loosed the arrow and it hit the center of the bullseye.El arquero lanzó la flecha y dio en el centro de la diana.
b. disparar
The general refused to loose the nuclear weapons.El general se negó a disparar los armas nucleares.
12. (to vent)
a. descargar
The driver loosed all his frustration on the passengers.El conductor descargó toda su frustración sobre los pasajeros.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
to be on the looseandar suelto(a)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (tooth, animal, connection)
a. suelto(a)
3. (piece of clothing)
a. suelto(a), holgado(a)
4. (skin)
a. colgante
5. (alliance, network)
a. informal
6. (translation)
a. poco exacto(a)
7. (morals, lifestyle)
a. disoluto(a)
8. (sweets, olives)
a. suelto(a), a granel
to come looseaflojarse
to let somebody loose on somethingdar rienda suelta a alguien en algo
don't let him loose in the kitchen!¡no lo dejes suelto en la cocina!
they let the riot police loose on the crowdsoltaron a los antidisturbios entre la multitud
to let loose a torrent of abusesoltar una sarta de improperios
loose change(dinero m) suelto m
loose coverfunda f de quita y pon
to be at a loose endno tener nada que hacer
9. (fig)
to tie up the loose endsatar cabos sueltos
loose livingvida disoluta or disipada
loose talkindiscreciones fpl
a loose womanuna mujer fácil
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
10. (literary)
a. disparar (arrow)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
11. (general)
to buy something loosecomprar algo a granel
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loose [luːs]
looser (comparative)loosest (superlative)
1 (not firmly attached) [+thread, wire, screw, brick, page] suelto
She idly pulled at a loose thread on her skirt Nancy raised the bonnet of the car and looked for loose or broken wires
[+handle, knob] desatornillado; [+tooth] flojo; que se mueve
The doorknob is loose and rattles If a tooth feels very loose, your dentist may recommend that it's taken out
this button is loose este botón está a punto de caerse; to come or get or work loose [+thread, wire, brick] soltarse; [+screw] aflojarse; [+page] desprenderse; [+knob, handle] aflojarse; desatornillarse
2 (not tied back) [+hair] suelto
to wear one's hair loose llevar el pelo suelto
3 (not tight) [+clothes] holgado; amplio
Wear loose clothes as they're more comfortable A pistol wasn't that hard to hide under a loose shirt
[+bandage, tie] flojo
The bandages they wrapped around his face were loose enough to allow him to breathe
these trousers are too loose round the waist estos pantalones son muy anchos de cintura
4 (not taut) [+skin] flácido; colgón (informal)
...the loose skin of the horse's neck ...the skin around the eyes was loose and baggy
5 (not dense) [+mixture, soil, powder] suelto
She gathered loose soil and let it filter slowly through her fingers Bee pollen is sold as a loose powder or in tablet form
to be of a loose consistency tener poca consistencia
6 (not tied up) [+animal] suelto
he was chased by a loose dog le persiguió un perro que andaba suelto; to let or set sth/sb loose soltar algo/a algn; when the cub had recovered it was set loose in the wild cuando el cachorro se recuperó lo soltaron or lo dejaron en libertad; the affair has let loose dangerous political forces el asunto ha desatado fuerzas políticas peligrosas; inexperienced doctors were let loose on seriously ill patients se dejó que médicos sin experiencia trataran a pacientes gravemente enfermos
it would be dangerous to set a criminal like him loose in society they took the dogs to the woods and let them loose
7 (flexible) [+alliance, coalition, grouping] libre; [+organization] poco rígido; [+arrangement] flexible
a loose confederation of sovereign republics una confederación libre de repúblicas soberanas
8 (imprecise) [+meaning, expression] poco preciso; vago; [+style, interpretation] libre; [+translation] aproximado
he despised loose thinking odiaba toda forma de pensar vaga
in a loose [sense]
in loose terms, it could be called a religion haciendo un uso un tanto libre del término, podría llamarse religión
9 (not packaged) [+carrots, potatoes] suelto; a granel
the onions and carrots were loose in the bottom of her bag (Comm) to buy/sell sth loose vender algo suelto or a granel
10 (immoral) [+behaviour, attitudes] disoluto
such loose behaviour is indicative of this country's moral decline loose attitudes such as these led to the fall of the British Empire ...loose sexual behaviour
[+morals] disoluto; libertino
Lust now seems to be associated with casual sex and loose morals
a loose woman una mujer de vida alegre (pejorative); una mujer fácil (old-fashioned)
Is an actress who strips off in public necessarily a loose woman in private? She is not morally loose
11 (Med)
to have loose bowels tener el vientre suelto
12 (readily available) [+funds] disponible
loose cash dinero (m) en efectivo; loose change dinero (m) suelto
I watched him reach into his pockets for some loose change I have some loose cash that the Income Tax people don't know about A fourth function of Harvard Management is to look after the university's loose cash
transitive verb
1 (release) [+animal] soltar; [+prisoner] poner en libertad; soltar
sth unpleasant or dangerous It remained to be seen whether the gambling-fever loosed by the earlier Act would be ended by the new law.
they loosed the dogs on him le soltaron los perros
the guards loosed his arms
2 (fire) (also loose off) [+arrow, missile] lanzar; [+gun, cannon] disparar
they loosed off their cannon at the invading armies
to loose (off) a volley of abuse at sb soltar una sarta de insultos a algn
3 (unfasten)
to loose a boat from its moorings soltar las amarras de un barco
to be on the loose [+person, gang] andar suelto
A bandit leader was on the loose in the hills. ...a gang of hooligans on the loose There was a crowd of kids on the loose in the town
stay or hang loose! (US) ¡tranqui! (informal); ¡relájate!
loose box (n) establo (m) móvil
loose cannon (n) bomba (f) de relojería
Yeltsin is seen as a potentially destructive loose cannon rumbling around the Communist Party "I am a loose cannon and I tend to make comments that aren't approved of," he said The solution could be to lock a unified Germany into NATO so it does not become the loose cannon that its neighbours fear
loose chippings (n) (on roadway) gravilla (f) suelta
loose connection (n) (Electricity and Electronics) mala conexión (f)
loose cover (n) (Britain) (for furniture) funda (f) lavable; funda (f) que se puede quitar
loose end (n) cabo (m) suelto
There are some annoying loose ends in the plot
to tie up loose ends atar los cabos sueltos
There are a lot of loose ends that still aren't tied up
to be at a loose end no saber qué hacer
After my return home I was at a loose end
loose scrum (n) (Rugby) melé (f) abierta or espontánea
loose talk (n) palabrería (f)
There has already been too much loose talk about Western Europe sending troops
loose tongue (n)
to have a loose tongue tener la lengua suelta; ser ligero de lengua
She had never had a loose tongue when it came to secrets
loose weave (n) tejido (m) abierto
...the loose weave of the material
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