AskDefine | Define slacken

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1 become slow or slower; "Production slowed" [syn: slow, slow down, slow up, slack]
2 make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: slack, slack up, relax]
3 become looser or slack; "the rope slackened"
4 make slack as by lessening tension or firmness [syn: remit]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To gradually decrease in intensity; to become slack.
    The pace slackened.
  2. To reduce the intensity (of something).
    He slackened the pace.

Related terms


(intransitive) to gradually decrease in intensity
Portuguese: afrouxar
(transitive) to gradually decrease in intensity

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