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 for slacken
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slacken \Slack"en\, n. (Metal.)
     A spongy, semivitrifled substance which miners or smelters
     mix with the ores of metals to prevent their fusion. [Written
     also slakin.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, v. t.
     1. To render slack; to make less tense or firm; as, to slack
        a rope; to slacken a bandage. --Wycklif (Acts xxvii. 40)
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     2. To neglect; to be remiss in. [Obs.] --Shak.
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              Slack not the pressage.               --Dryden.
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     3. To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water;
        to slake; as, to slack lime.
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     4. To cause to become less eager; to repress; to make slow or
        less rapid; to retard; as, to slacken pursuit; to slacken
        industry. "Rancor for to slack." --Chaucer.
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              I should be grieved, young prince, to think my
              Unbent your thoughts, and slackened 'em to arms.
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              In this business of growing rich, poor men should
              slack their pace.                     --South.
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              With such delay
              Well plased, they slack their course. --Milton.
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     5. To cause to become less intense; to mitigate; to abate; to
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              To respite, or deceive, or slack thy pain
              Of this ill mansion.                  --Milton.
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     Air-slacked lime, lime slacked by exposure to the air, in
        consequence of the absorption of carton dioxide and water,
        by which it is converted into carbonate of lime and
        hydrate of lime.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slack \Slack\, Slacken \Slack"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Slacked, Slackened; p. pr. & vb. n. Slacking,
     Slackening.] [See Slack, a.]
     1. To become slack; to be made less tense, firm, or rigid; to
        decrease in tension; as, a wet cord slackens in dry
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     2. To be remiss or backward; to be negligent.
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     3. To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination
        with water; to slake; as, lime slacks.
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     4. To abate; to become less violent.
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              Whence these raging fires
              Will slacken, if his breath stir not their flames.
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     5. To lose rapidity; to become more slow; as, a current of
        water slackens.
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     6. To languish; to fail; to flag.
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     7. To end; to cease; to desist; to slake. [Obs.]
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              That through your death your lineage should slack.
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              They will not of that firste purpose slack.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: become slow or slower; "Production slowed" [syn: slow,
           slow down, slow up, slack, slacken]
      2: make less active or fast; "He slackened his pace as he got
         tired"; "Don't relax your efforts now" [syn: slack,
         slacken, slack up, relax]
      3: become looser or slack; "the rope slackened"
      4: make slack as by lessening tension or firmness [syn:
         slacken, remit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  180 Moby Thesaurus words for "slacken":
     abate, allay, alleviate, anesthetize, appease, arrest, assuage,
     attemper, attenuate, backpedal, backwater, bank the fire, bate,
     benumb, block, blunt, bog down, bottle up, brake, chasten, check,
     clip the wings, come apart, confine, constrain, control,
     countercheck, curb, cushion, dam up, damp, dampen, de-emphasize,
     deaden, deaden the pain, decelerate, degenerate, delay, detain,
     deteriorate, die down, diffuse, dilute, diminish, disimprove,
     disintegrate, disjoin, disperse, dissolve into chaos, downplay,
     drag, draw rein, dull, ease, ease matters, ease off, ease up, ebb,
     extenuate, fall, fall back, foment, free, get worse, give relief,
     grow worse, hang up, hinder, hold back, hold in check, hold up,
     impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, intermeddle, interrupt,
     intervene, keep back, keep in check, keep within bounds, lag, lax,
     lay, lenify, lessen, let down, let go, let up, let up on, lighten,
     loose, loosen, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, lull,
     make late, meddle, mire, mitigate, moderate, modulate, mollify,
     numb, obstruct, obtund, oppose, pad, palliate, play down, poultice,
     pour balm into, pour oil on, reduce, reduce the temperature, reef,
     regress, rein in, relapse, relax, relent, relieve, remit, repress,
     resist, restrain, retard, retrograde, retrogress, salve, scatter,
     scotch, set back, sicken, slack, slack off, slack up, slackening,
     slake, slip back, slow, slow down, slow up, slow-up, smother, snub,
     sober, sober down, soften, soothe, stay, stifle, stop, stupe,
     subdue, subside, suppress, take in sail, tame, temper,
     throttle down, tone down, tune down, unbend, unbrace, underplay,
     unglue, unlax, unleash, unstick, unstrain, unstring, untighten,
     untune, unwind, wane, water down, weaken, worsen

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