slacken Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"slacken" in British English

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slackenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈslæk.ən/

slacken verb [I or T] (LESS TIGHT)

to (​cause to) ​becomeloose: Slacken the ​reins or you'll ​hurt the horse's ​mouth.

slacken verb [I or T] (LESS ACTIVE)

to (​cause to) ​becomeslower or less ​active: He ​stooped to ​pick it up, without slackening his pace (= without ​walking more ​slowly). The ​pace of ​trading slackened during the ​wintermonths. The ​managementexpectsdemand to slacken (off) in the New Year. The car's ​speed slackened (off) as it went up a ​steephill. Most ​people slacken off/up at the end of a day's ​work.
(Definition of slacken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slacken" in American English

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slackenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈslæk·ən/

slacken verb [I/T] (LOOSEN)

to ​loosen something, or to ​becomeloose: [I] His ​muscles slackened under the ​steamingshower.

slacken verb [I/T] (BECOME SLOWER)

to ​becomeslower or less ​busy: [T] Let’s slacken ​ourpace a little.
(Definition of slacken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slacken" in Business English

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slackenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈslækən/ (also slacken off)
to become gradually less ​strong or ​slower, or to make something do this: The ​overallpace of ​growth slackened. The ​message from ​retailers is that ​spending has slackened off. Management promised never to slacken the ​pace ofmodernization.
noun [S or U]
There is some slackening in the ​domesticairexpressbusiness.
(Definition of slacken from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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