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slacken

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of slacken

  1. 1 to make less taut you'll need to slacken the rope a bit to get it free of that post Synonyms of slacken ease, loosen, relax, slack Words Related to slacken detach, free, unbind, undo, unfasten, untie Near Antonyms of slacken attach, bind, fasten, tie; constrain, restrain Antonyms of slacken strain, stretch, tense, tension, tighten

  2. 2 to cause to move or proceed at a less rapid pace drivers need to slacken their speed as they approach the sharp curve Synonyms of slacken brake, decelerate, retard, slowWords Related to slacken halt, stop; encumber, hamper, handicap, hinder, hobble, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, obstruct, set back, tie up; bottleneck; arrest, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; baffle, foil, frustrate, sabotage, thwartNear Antonyms of slacken drive, encourage, goad, propel, push, spur, stir, urge; advance, aid, dispatch, ease, expedite, facilitate, forward, further, helpAntonyms of slacken accelerate, hasten, hurry, quicken, rush, speed (up), step up

Synonym Discussion of slacken

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival.
    • bad weather delayed our arrival
retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping.
    • language barriers retarded their progress
slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention
    • medication slowed the patient's heart rate
, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort.
    • on hot days runners slacken their pace
detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time.
    • unexpected business had detained her


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