What does slacken mean?

Definitions for slackenˈslæk ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slacken.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slow, slow down, slow up, slack, slacken(verb)

    become slow or slower

    "Production slowed"

  2. slack, slacken, slack up, relax(verb)

    make less active or fast

    "He slackened his pace as he got tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now"

  3. slacken(verb)

    become looser or slack

    "the rope slackened"

  4. slacken, remit(verb)

    make slack as by lessening tension or firmness


  1. slacken(Verb)

    To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.

    The pace slackened.

  2. slacken(Verb)

    To make slack, less taut, or less intense.

  3. Origin: * From slæcan

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slacken(adj)

    to become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry weather

  2. Slacken(adj)

    to be remiss or backward; to be negligent

  3. Slacken(adj)

    to lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake; as, lime slacks

  4. Slacken(adj)

    to abate; to become less violent

  5. Slacken(adj)

    to lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of water slackens

  6. Slacken(adj)

    to languish; to fail; to flag

  7. Slacken(adj)

    to end; to cease; to desist; to slake

  8. Slacken(verb)

    to render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack a rope; to slacken a bandage

  9. Slacken(verb)

    to neglect; to be remiss in

  10. Slacken(verb)

    to deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake; as, to slack lime

  11. Slacken(verb)

    to cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken industry

  12. Slacken(verb)

    to cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to ease

  13. Slacken(noun)

    a spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion

  14. Origin: [See Slack, a.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slacken in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slacken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Meng Qingfeng:

    We must have a long-term battle concept that does not slacken and is persistent.

  2. Vali Nasr:

    The Taliban may be trying to slacken the resolve of the military by suggesting that there could be a tremendous human costs to the military offensive and create public pressure on the military to back off from this offensive, but it may actually ricochet on them.

Images & Illustrations of slacken

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