Loosen vs Mitigate - What's the difference?

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Loosen is a related term of mitigate.


As verbs the difference between loosen and mitigate

is that loosen is to make loose while mitigate is to reduce, lessen, or decrease.

loosen

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To make loose.
  • to loosen a knot
    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth.
  • To free from restraint; to set at liberty.
  • * Dryden
  • It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding.
  • To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
  • (Francis Bacon)

    Antonyms

    * tighten

    Derived terms

    * loosen the apron strings * loosen the purse strings * loosener

    See also

    * lose English ergative verbs

    mitigate

    English

    Verb

    (mitigat)
  • To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  • * 1795
  • Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
  • * 1813
  • But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
  • * 1896
  • Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
  • * 1901 — , ch 7
  • Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
  • * 1920
  • The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
  • To downplay.
  • Synonyms

    * (to reduce or lessen) check, diminish, ease, lighten, mollify, pacify, palliate

    Antonyms

    * (to reduce or lessen) aggrandize, aggravate, exacerbate, incite, increase, intensify, irritate, worsen

    Coordinate terms

    * (l)