from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To abate; diminish.
- v. To moderate; mitigate; appease; satisfy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To mitigate; to moderate; to appease; to abate; to diminish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To abate; diminish.
- To moderate; mitigate; appease; satisfy.
From Middle English aslaken, from Old English āslacian ("to become slack, decline, diminish, grow tired, make slack, loosen, relax, dissolve"), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + *slakōnan (“to become useless, weak, or slow”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lēg- (“soft, weak”), equivalent to a- + slake. Cognate with Dutch slaken ("to heave"), Swedish sloka ("to wilt, droop"), Danish slukke ("to quench, allay, slake"). More at slake. (Wiktionary)