slacken
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slacken
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (pace, rope)
a. aflojar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (person)
a. flojear
3. (rope)
a. destensarse
4. (speed)
a. reducirse, disminuir
5. (storm, wind)
a. amainar, aflojar
6. (energy, enthusiasm)
a. atenuarse, disminuir
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slacken [ˈslækn]
transitive verb
[+reins] aflojar; [+policy] aflojar
the government is unlikely to slacken its policy on immigration there is little evidence that lenders have slackened their repossession policies to slacken one's [grip] (on sth)
he slackened his grip on her wrist dejó de apretarle tan fuerte la muñeca
the government seems unlikely to slacken its grip on the economy
to slacken one's pace aflojar el paso
she slackened her pace a little so he could keep up the government will not slacken the pace of reform
to slacken speed [+person] aflojar el paso; [+vehicle] disminuir la velocidad
He went up the four flights of stairs without slackening speed the train of British Rail's privatization needs to slacken speed
intransitive verb
1 (loosen) [+rope] aflojarse; [+muscle] ponerse flácido
I felt the rope slacken my muscles were beginning to slacken through lack of exercise feel how your jaw muscles slacken when you relax your face
2 (reduce) [+activity, demand] disminuir; bajar; [+trade] decaer; [+wind, rain] amainar
business tends to slacken in summer el comercio tiende a decaer en verano
the pace of work did not slacken markets have slackened slightly over the last week as soon as things slacken a bit, I'll definitely be looking her up A population of just over a million and a half in 1760, by 1790 had become 4 million; and its growth did not slacken private investment in industry has slackened The rate of growth in retail sales has slackened Fighting has reportedly slackened between rebel factions in the city the wind was beginning to slacken but there was still the odd squall the rain slackened to a drizzle The snow slackened somewhat as the evening dragged on
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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