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Definition of slacken verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    slacken

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈslækən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækən//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slacken
    BrE BrE//ˈslækən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækən//
     
    he / she / it slackens
    BrE BrE//ˈslækənz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækənz//
     
    past simple slackened
    BrE BrE//ˈslækənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækənd//
     
    past participle slackened
    BrE BrE//ˈslækənd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækənd//
     
    -ing form slackening
    BrE BrE//ˈslækənɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslækənɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to gradually become, or to make something become, slower, less active, etc. synonym relax slacken (off) We've been really busy, but things are starting to slacken off now. slacken something She slackened her pace a little (= walked a little more slowly).
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become, or to make something become, less tight synonym loosen His grip slackened and she pulled away from him. slacken something He slackened the ropes slightly. Slacken off the ropes.
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