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Loose, v.2 P.t. loosed, loosd. P.p. loosit, -ed, loossed, loost. [Adoption, in place of Sc. Los v.1, of e.m.E. loose (c 1450–1671), var. of the pres.t. of lose v. assimilated to loose v. to let loose, loosen, etc. (see prec.). Cf. also Lows v.3 The p.t. and p.p. forms loosed etc. are appar. recorded only for Sc., e.m.E. appar. having only lost in these tenses.]

To lose, in various senses of Los v.1 (a) The generall … Did rather choose to loose his lyfe then [etc.]; James VI Poems I. 245/407.
Hee that carieth not his launce vnder his arme, looseth his course; Fowler II. 176/17.
All thrie running west together are called the water of Glenyla. untill they fall in the river of Tay … , and there loose ther name; 16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 23.
I have not tyme to wrett mor att present least I loose the packett; 1689 Melville Corr. 136.
(b) In all, the Christians loosed but eleuen gallies; Lithgow Trav. 66.
Vntill he loosed all hope of victorie; Gordon Geneal. Hist. 46.
The Sueds loosd more ground then they had gaind in a yeare before; Turner Mem. 7.
(c) This [life] may be soon loosed; R. Bruce Serm. 177.
Pinkiefield, infortunatlie foughten & loost; Garden Worthies 69.
A pearle but meassour hath the wordill loossed; Mure Misc. P. xiii. 3.
A sensual slaue, quho sence of schame hath loosit; Id. Son. xi. 5.

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