- to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.
- to make or become looser or less taut.
Origin of slacken
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1, 2. relax, loosen, slack, abate.
2. tighten, tense.
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Examples from the Web for slackening
"I'm sorry, dear," he exclaimed, slackening his pace reluctantly.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
To keep the business from slackening, Andre-Louis prepared a new scenario every week.Scaramouche
I had suffered too much; I wanted rest, woman's love, slackening off.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
There was no sign of slackening speed and everything appeared to be all right.Cab and Caboose
After a time the animals seemed to him to be slackening their speed.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas
Frank Gee Patchin
- to make or become looser
- to make or become slower, less intense, etc
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Word Origin and History for slackening
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