Definition of loosely adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈluːsli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːsli//
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  1. 1  in a way that is not firm or tight She fastened the belt loosely around her waist. Hold the rope loosely between your finger and thumb.
  2. 2  in a way that is not exact to use a term loosely The play is loosely based on his childhood in Russia. Economic growth can be loosely defined as an increase in GDP. The two problems are only loosely related.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: loosely