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slacken

[slak-uh n] /ˈslæk ən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.
2.
to make or become looser or less taut.
Origin of slacken
1570-1580
1570-80; slack1 + -en1
Related forms
unslackened, adjective
unslackening, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. relax, loosen, slack, abate.
Antonyms
2. tighten, tense.
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Examples from the Web for slackened
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  • Stretched on the hearthrug, with slackened jaw, and great chest heaving with regular rise and fall, he slept like a tired dog.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • The wounded buffalo became distressed, and slackened his pace.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The artillery fire was kept up for more than an hour when it slackened, but was vigorously resumed for a time about nine o'clock.

  • Their bows, too, had become wetted with the rain, and the strings were slackened.

  • He had backslidden, slackened in the use of the means of grace, run after the things of this world.

    Tales of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
  • "We are close by them," said I; and involuntarily we slackened our pace.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • They skimmed over a dozen yards of ice and 54then slackened speed.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • His heart, compressed by a painful foreboding, slackened its joyous throbbing.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • We slackened our pace, knowing that the dogs would hold him till we arrived, and we needed our breath for the next act.

  • He slackened pace in a moment and began whispering to himself' I could not hear what he said.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for slackened

slacken

/ˈslækən/
verb (often foll by off)
1.
to make or become looser
2.
to make or become slower, less intense, etc
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Word Origin and History for slackened

slacken

v.

early 15c., from slack (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Slackened; slackening.

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