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slacken

[slak-uh n] /ˈslæk ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.
2.
to make or become looser or less taut.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; slack1 + -en1
Related forms
unslackened, adjective
unslackening, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. relax, loosen, slack, abate.
Antonyms
2. tighten, tense.
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Examples from the web for slacken
  • slacken the fixing screw and carefully slide the instrument until the cross hairs are in register with the target.
  • slacken the chain and move the adjacent links to one side to inspect for wear at the contact points.
  • At some point the incremental improvement will typically slacken off considerably.
  • After that, evolutionary pressures slacken and genome maintenance slows.
  • It may help to throttle forward a short distance to slacken the cable.
  • When the wind does slacken up, anglers should be rewarded with the typical fall fare for this area.
British Dictionary definitions for slacken

slacken

/ˈslækən/
verb (often foll by off)
1.
to make or become looser
2.
to make or become slower, less intense, etc
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Word Origin and History for slacken
v.

early 15c., from slack (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Slackened; slackening.

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