or Loose – What's the Difference?
confuse “lose” and “loose” in your writing? There’s only one difference when you
see them in print – that extra “o” belonging to loose.
LOOSE comes from Old Norse and means “not confined or restrained; not tight
or compact; not firmly fastened; unchaste and immoral."
"to loose" (meaning to set free) is from the thirteenth century and rarely seen today.
Some examples of it would be: Leave, or I'll loose the dogs on you or
She loosed her long hair from its binding.
To LOSE (a verb) comes from Old English, and means “to become unable to find; to have something taken away by accident,
death or removal; to fail to keep (as in to lose one's temper).”
of Modern Usage:
I'm losing weight because my pants are loose.
you tighten this loose screw?
to gamble because I always lose.
your lunch money. Don't lose it!
try? You have nothing to lose.
got loose when it broke its chain.
lose something, it's lost.
must be three sizes too big for you. It's very loose.
Like lost, to which it is related, lose has only one 'o'.
References: Webster's New Word Dictionary/Thesaurus