Lose vs. Loose

Lose is a verb that means the opposite of “to win” or “to gain.”

The S is pronounced like a Z.

Examples:

Lose the football game, lose 20 pounds of fat

Loose is usually an adjective that means the opposite of tight or bound.

The S is pronounced like a snake sound: SS.

Examples: The dog got loose from his leash.

His pants were so loose they nearly fell off.

However, “loose” can also be a verb meaning to let something loose or release. Sometimes it is used to mean the same thing as “loosen,” which means to make less tight.

Examples:

Loose the homing pigeons!

You need to take a vacation and loosen up a bit.

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