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Lose vs Loose

Posted in English Language by Brandie on 10 Apr 2015

These two words can often be confusing, especially in writing. So let's clarify the difference this morning.

LOSE is a verb. The word rhymes with whose. It means that you misplace or fail to keep something, or you do not win. For example, if you go on a diet, you will LOSE weight.

LOOSE is an adjective. The word rhymes with goose. It means that something is not tight. For example, if you go on a diet, you will probably notice your clothes becoming LOOSE.

Loose is primarily used as an adjective, but it can also serve as a verb. This definition means something is released (Once his kidnappers left, the smart young man loosed the ropes which bound his hands together).