loosen
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loosen(
lu
-
sihn
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make less tight)
a. aflojar
The doctor told Amy to eat more fiber in order to loosen her bowels.El doctor le dijo a Amy que comiera más verduras para aflojar los intestinos.
b. soltar
The police officer loosened his grip when he saw that the suspect had calmed down.El policía soltó su agarre cuando vio que el sospechoso se había calmado.
2. (to untie)
a. desatar
Mary loosened the bow on the package and tore off the wrapping paper.Mary desató el moño del paquete y rompió el papel de envoltura.
3. (to make less strict)
a. aflojar
The bank loosened the requirements for getting a loan.El banco aflojó los requisitos para conseguir un préstamo.
b. suavizar
A new law will loosen the regulations for dairy farmers.Una nueva ley suavizará las reglas para los productores lecheros.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to become less tight)
a. aflojarse
When Rodney arrived with flowers, Fiona's shoulders loosened and a smile appeared on her face.Cuando Rodney llegó con flores, los hombros de Fiona se aflojaron y una sonrisa apareció en su rostro.
b. soltarse
The cliff loosened and began to slide into the ocean after the rainstorm.El acantilado se soltó y comenzó a deslizarse hacia el océano después de la tormenta.
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loosen
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (screw, knot, belt)
a. aflojar
2. (restrictions)
a. suavizar
to loosen one's gripsoltar, aflojar la presión
to loosen somebody's tonguesoltar la lengua a alguien
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. aflojarse
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loosen [ˈluːsn]
transitive verb
1 (slacken) aflojar; (untie) desatar
to loosen one's grip on sth dejar de apretar algo con tanta fuerza
2 [+restrictions] aflojar; reducir
intransitive verb
(come unfastened) soltarse; desatarse; (get slack) aflojarse;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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