slack·en verb \ˈsla-kən\
: to become slower or less active : to slow down
: to make (something) slower or less active
: to become less tight or to make (something) less tight
: to make less active : slow up <slacken speed at a crossing>
: to make slack (as by lessening tension or firmness) <slacken sail>
: to become slack or slow or negligent : slow down
: to become less active : slack
Examples of SLACKEN
- Sales show no sign of slackening.
- As he began to relax, his grip on the steering wheel slackened.
- The captain ordered us to slacken the sails.
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