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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 Loosev.1). Cf. also Lows v.3The 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) 1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 245/407.
The generall … Did rather choose to loose his lyfe then [etc.]
c1590 Fowler II. 176/17.
Hee that carieth not his launce vnder his arme, looseth his course
16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 23.
All thrie running west together are called the water of Glenyla. untill they fall in the river of Tay … , and there loose ther name
1689 Melville Corr. 136.
I have not tyme to wrett mor att present least I loose the packett
(b) 1632 Lithgow Trav. 66.
In all, the Christians loosed but eleuen gallies
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 46.
Vntill he loosed all hope of victorie
a1686 Turner Mem. 7.
The Sueds loosd more ground then they had gaind in a yeare before
(c) 1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 177.
This [life] may be soon loosed
1626 Garden Worthies 69.
Pinkiefield, infortunatlie foughten & loost
1611-57 Mure Misc. P. xiii. 3.
A pearle but meassour hath the wordill loossed
Id. Son. xi. 5.
A sensual slaue, quho sence of schame hath loosit

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