1 not firmly fixed
VERBS be, feel, seem One of the bricks feels slightly loose. | come, shake, work The top of the tap has come loose. A screw had worked loose from the door handle. | prise sth
ADV. a bit, rather, slightly
2 not tied back
VERBS be, hang Her hair hung loose about her shoulders. | leave sth, wear sth Shall I wear my hair loose?
3 not shut in or tied up
VERBS be | cut (figurative), break, get The animals had broken loose from their pens. (figurative) The organization broke loose from its sponsors. He felt he had to cut loose from his family. | let sth, turn sth I'm going to let the dogs loose.