Share this entry

Share this page

slacken

Syllabification: slack·en
Pronunciation: /ˈslakən
 
/

Definition of slacken in English:

verb

Make or become slack: [with object]: he slackened his grip the joints can be tightened and slackened off again [no object]: the pace never slackens
More example sentences
  • She had slackened off her seat belt slightly to allow her to turn towards Knowles and plead with him.
  • I slackened off the pressure slightly, encouraging the skate to dive, which it did.
  • Cael felt the grip on him suddenly slacken as the weapon implanted itself in the man's chest.
Synonyms
loosen, release, relax, loose, lessen, weaken

Definition of slacken in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure