Definition of slacken in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslak(ə)n/


1Make or become slack: [with object]: he slackened his grip [no object]: suddenly the line slackens and flutters in the wind
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  • 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.
loosen, make looser, release, relax, loose;
lessen, reduce, weaken
Nautical , dated veer
2Reduce or decrease in speed or intensity: [no object]: the pace never slackens
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  • Even in training you have to be on your toes, you can't be slackening off with the squad we have.
  • The river flow was slackening off now, but the bites continued.
  • There is no sign of the pace slackening off, with the total for the first five months of 2003 up by a substantial 13.8 per cent.
become/get/make slower, slow down, slow, decelerate, reduce in speed, slack

Words that rhyme with slacken

blacken, bracken

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