Slacken meaning

slăkən
To make or become slower; slow down.

The runners slackened their pace. Air speed slackened.

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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.

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To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease.

Slacken discipline; afraid that morale might slacken.

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To become less active, intense, brisk, etc.

Slackening trade.

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To become less tense; loosen, as rope.
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To reduce the intensity or severity of; retard; abate; moderate.
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To reduce the tension of; relax; loosen.

To slacken one's grip.

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(intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.

The pace slackened.

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To make slack, less taut, or less intense.
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To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake.

To slack lime.

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Origin of slacken

  • From Old English slÇ£can

    From Wiktionary