Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become slower; slow down: The runners slackened their pace. Air speed slackened.
  • transitive v. To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen: I slackened the line to let the fish swim. The tension in the board room finally slackened.
  • transitive v. To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease: slacken discipline; afraid that morale might slacken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
  • v. To make slack, less taut, or less intense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become slack.
  • To become less active; fall off: as, trade slackened; the demand slackens; prices slacken
  • To become remiss or neglectful, as of duty.
  • To make slack or slacker.
  • To abate; moderate; lessen; diminish the intensity, severity, rate, etc., of; hence, to mitigate; assuage; relieve: as, to slacken one's pace; to slacken cares.
  • To be or become remiss in or neglectful of; remit; relax: as, to slacken labor or exertion.
  • n. The slags or cinder from previous fusions, used in smelting operations to mix with natural ores and to retard fusion of the ores until reduction shall have proceeded to the desired point.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make less active or fast
  • v. make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
  • v. become looser or slack
  • v. become slow or slower

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Think I’ll just kind of slacken up on this G.C.L. stuff now.

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  • And that decline may well come not from a scarcity of resources but from greater efficiency, which will slacken global demand.

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  • I suggest this book as required reading for 8th graders would, all by itself, slacken teen birth rates dramatically.

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  • Today (Friday): Yesterday's winds slacken for a fantastic autumn day.

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  • The suggestion that the elimination of alcoholic beverage ads from The Pitt News and other publications connected with the university will slacken the demand for alcohol by Pitt students is counterintuitive and unsupported by any evidence ....

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  • At the same time, U.S. officials had hoped that Mr. Assad, who succeeded his dictator father, Hafez al-Assad, in 2000, would embrace democratic change and slacken his ties to Iran.

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