slacken

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English slakenen, equivalent to slack +‎ -en.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈslæ.kən/
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  • Rhymes: -ækən

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slacken (third-person singular simple present slackens, present participle slackening, simple past and past participle slackened)

  1. (intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
    The pace slackened.
  2. (transitive) To make slack, less taut, or less intense.
    slacken the rope
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars:
    • 1986, Mari Sandoz, The Horsecatcher:
      Elk slackened the rope so he could walk farther away, and together they went awkwardly up the trail toward the grassy little flat []
  3. To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake.
    to slacken lime

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