Slacken Definition

slackened, slackening, slackens
slackened, slackening, slackens
To make or become slower; slow down.
The runners slackened their pace. Air speed slackened.
American Heritage
To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen.
I slackened the line to let the fish swim. The sail's sheet slackened as the wind died.
American Heritage
To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease.
Slacken discipline; afraid that morale might slacken.
American Heritage
To reduce the intensity or severity of; retard; abate; moderate.
Webster's New World
To become less active, intense, brisk, etc.
Slackening trade.
Webster's New World

Origin of Slacken

  • From Old English slÇ£can

    From Wiktionary

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