Definition of slacken
Examples of slacken in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of slacken from the Web
With President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. last month from the Paris climate agreement, efforts to reduce carbon emissions and the pace of warming have slackened.
Instead of moderate winds from the east pushing showers inland, the winds have slackened and veered to the southeast which allows the storms to stay near or over the metro areas.
As the book is drawing to a close, most readers will be hoping for a slackening in the pace of terror that keeps our author living out of suitcases for so many years.
Curry has said that a preseason knee sprain slackened his start and affected him the entire season.
But admiration can anesthetize: Robins tends to numb and slacken the story of Trilling’s life, the better to cut and separate its layers without causing any pain.
Trump wrote on Sunday, reviving a prolific Twitter habit that had slackened during his days on the road.
But this lack of clarity has not stopped slackening mobility from becoming fodder for arguments about the fates of communities in decline.
New building, much of it on vacant lots near Downtown, is doing little to slacken demand.
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First Known Use of slacken
Synonym Discussion of slacken
SLACKEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slacken for English Language Learners
: 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
SLACKEN Defined for Kids
Definition of slacken for Students
1 : to make slower or less energetic The wind slackened.
2 : to make less tight or firm She slackened the reins.
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