Loose means not tight or free from constraint.|
To lose means to fail to: (1) keep (2) win or (3) make money.
There is often confusion over the words loose and lose. This is due to the lack of consistency in pronouncing words that end oose and ose.
For example, loose (LOOSS) rhymes with noose (NOOSS) but not choose (CHOOZ).
LoseThe word lose rhymes with snooze. It has the following meaning:
LooseLoose, which rhymes with moose, is an adjective meaning not tight, not dense, or free from constraint. Less commonly, it can be used as a verb meaning to unleash (e.g., to loose plagues upon humanity).
Watch your footing on this loose gravel.
(not dense / not compact)
Travelers are advised to wear a lightweight shirt that is lose fitting. This is important to allow air circulation.
(should be loose fitting)
There is a dangerous dog loose on the street.
(free from constraint)
Select the correct version:
People make mistakes with loose and lose because of the confusion over pronunciation. If you remember that loose rhymes with moose, you will eliminate this error.
moose on the loose