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slacken

[ slak-uhn ]
/ ˈslæk ən /
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verb (used with or without object)

to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.
to make or become looser or less taut.

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Origin of slacken

First recorded in 1570–80; slack1 + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM slacken

un·slack·ened, adjectiveun·slack·en·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slacken

slacken
/ (ˈslækən) /

verb (often foll by off)

to make or become looser
to make or become slower, less intense, etc
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