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slack·en

 (slăk′ən)
tr. & intr.v. slack·ened, slack·en·ing, slack·ens
1. To make or become slower; slow down: The runners slackened their pace. Air speed slackened.
2. To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen: I slackened the line to let the fish swim. The sail's sheet slackened as the wind died.
3. To make or become less vigorous, intense, or severe; ease: slacken discipline; afraid that morale might slacken.

slacken

(ˈslækən)
vb (often foll by off)
1. to make or become looser
2. to make or become slower, less intense, etc

slack•en

(ˈslæk ən)

v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become less active, intense, etc.
2. to make or become slack.
[1570–80]

slacken


Past participle: slackened
Gerund: slackening

Imperative
slacken
slacken
Present
I slacken
you slacken
he/she/it slackens
we slacken
you slacken
they slacken
Preterite
I slackened
you slackened
he/she/it slackened
we slackened
you slackened
they slackened
Present Continuous
I am slackening
you are slackening
he/she/it is slackening
we are slackening
you are slackening
they are slackening
Present Perfect
I have slackened
you have slackened
he/she/it has slackened
we have slackened
you have slackened
they have slackened
Past Continuous
I was slackening
you were slackening
he/she/it was slackening
we were slackening
you were slackening
they were slackening
Past Perfect
I had slackened
you had slackened
he/she/it had slackened
we had slackened
you had slackened
they had slackened
Future
I will slacken
you will slacken
he/she/it will slacken
we will slacken
you will slacken
they will slacken
Future Perfect
I will have slackened
you will have slackened
he/she/it will have slackened
we will have slackened
you will have slackened
they will have slackened
Future Continuous
I will be slackening
you will be slackening
he/she/it will be slackening
we will be slackening
you will be slackening
they will be slackening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slackening
you have been slackening
he/she/it has been slackening
we have been slackening
you have been slackening
they have been slackening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slackening
you will have been slackening
he/she/it will have been slackening
we will have been slackening
you will have been slackening
they will have been slackening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slackening
you had been slackening
he/she/it had been slackening
we had been slackening
you had been slackening
they had been slackening
Conditional
I would slacken
you would slacken
he/she/it would slacken
we would slacken
you would slacken
they would slacken
Past Conditional
I would have slackened
you would have slackened
he/she/it would have slackened
we would have slackened
you would have slackened
they would have slackened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.slacken - become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
2.slacken - make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
3.slacken - become looser or slack; "the rope slackened"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
ease off, slacken off, ease up, flag - become less intense
4.slacken - make slack as by lessening tension or firmness
loosen, loose - make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
dowse, douse - slacken; "douse a rope"

slacken

verb (often with off)
1. lessen, reduce, decrease, ease (off), moderate, diminish, slow down, drop off, abate, let up, slack off Inflationary pressures continued to slacken last month.
2. loosen, release, relax, weaken, lessen, become looser Her grip slackened on his arm.

slacken

verb
1. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
2. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slack off, subside, wane.
3. To moderate or change a position or course of action as a result of pressure:
Idiom: give way.
Translations
يُرْخييَرْكُد
polevitpovolit
slappe afslappes
slaka á, draga úrslaka á; slakna
gevşe mekyavaşla mak

slacken

[ˈslækn]
A. VT [+ reins] → aflojar (fig) [+ policy] → aflojar
he slackened his grip on her wristdejó de apretarle tan fuerte la muñeca
to slacken one's paceaflojar el paso
to slacken speed [person] → aflojar el paso; [vehicle] → disminuir la velocidad
B. VI
1. (= loosen) [rope] → aflojarse; [muscle] → ponerse flácido
2. (= reduce) [activity, demand] → disminuir, bajar; [trade] → decaer; [wind, rain] → amainar
business tends to slacken in summerel comercio tiende a decaer en verano
slacken off (esp Brit)
A. VI + ADV
1. (= be less active) [person] → aflojar el ritmo (de trabajo, de juego, )
their game slackened off in the second halfsu juego perdió ímpetu en la segunda mitad
2. (= reduce) [demand, production] → disminuir, bajar
B. VT + ADV [+ rope] → aflojar
slacken up VI + ADV = slacken off A1

slacken

[ˈslækən] slacken off
vi
(= slow down) [pace] → ralentir; [business, trade] → ralentir; [interest] → retomber; [pressure] → se relâcher; [rain] → se calmer
Simon allowed his pace to slacken → Simon ralentit l'allure.
(= loosen) [grip, muscles] → se relâcher; [rope, cable] → se détendre
vt
(= slow down) [+ pace] → ralentir; [+ speed] → réduire
to slacken one's pace → ralentir l'allure
(= loosen) [+ grip, rope] → relâcher
slacken off
vi [business, trade] → ralentir; [pressure] → se relâcher; [interest] → retomber; [rain] → se calmer

slacken

vt
(= loosen)lockern
(= reduce)vermindern, verringern
vi
(= become loose)sich lockern
(speed)sich verringern; (rate of development)sich verlangsamen; (wind, demand, market)abflauen, nachlassen

slacken

[ˈslækn] (also slacken off)
1. vt (rope, grip, reins, nut) → allentare; (pressure) → diminuire
to slacken speed → ridurre la velocità
to slacken one's pace → rallentare il passo
2. vi (gen) → allentarsi; (pressure, speed, activity) → diminuire, rallentare; (gale) → placarsi; (trade) → calare, ridursi

slack

(slӕk) adjective
1. loose; not firmly stretched. Leave the rope slack.
2. not firmly in position. He tightened a few slack screws.
3. not strict; careless. He is very slack about getting things done.
4. in industry etc, not busy; inactive. Business has been rather slack lately.
ˈslacken verb
(sometimes with off or up).
1. to make or become looser. She felt his grip on her arm slacken.
2. to make or become less busy, less active or less fast. The doctor told him to slacken up if he wanted to avoid a heart-attack.
ˈslackly adverb
ˈslackness noun
slacks noun plural
trousers, usually loose-fitting, worn informally by men or women. a pair of slacks.
References in classic literature ?
As they were still galloping, without exchanging a word, Christie began to slacken her speed; George did the same.
The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to a fish, it was his duty to sit next him, while Radney stood up with his lance in the prow, and haul in or slacken the line, at the word of command.
He ran swiftly, till want of breath compelled him to slacken his pace as he was entering the village at the turning close to the Rainbow.
You see, sir," he went on, "if once we dropped to leeward of the landing-place, it's hard to say where we should get ashore, besides the chance of being boarded by the gigs; whereas, the way we go the current must slacken, and then we can dodge back along the shore.
This spell I lay upon you, that you slacken not your course until you come to my brother in the Underworld.
He came up with the procession and reined in Rocinante, who was already anxious enough to slacken speed a little, and in a hoarse, excited voice he exclaimed, "You who hide your faces, perhaps because you are not good subjects, pay attention and listen to what I am about to say to you.
Whether it was the purifying of the deadly atmosphere by the opening of the chapel door, or the relief which we experienced by finding ourselves in the open I know not, but most certainly the shadow of dread seemed to slip from us like a robe, and the occasion of our coming lost something of its grim significance, though we did not slacken a whit in our resolution.
It might be thought that, in his anxiety, he would be constantly watching the changes of the wind, the disorderly raging of the billows--every chance, in short, which might force the Mongolia to slacken her speed, and thus interrupt his journey.
D'Artagnan imagined that on arriving in town the duke would slacken his pace, but it was not so.
He will turn himself into every kind of creature that goes upon the earth, and will become also both fire and water; but you must hold him fast and grip him tighter and tighter, till he begins to talk to you and comes back to what he was when you saw him go to sleep; then you may slacken your hold and let him go; and you can ask him which of the gods it is that is angry with you, and what you must do to reach your home over the seas.
As if by agreement, the leaders began to slacken their speed.
Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over, and though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was.