slacken

slacken
slacken slack‧en [ˈslækən] also slacken off verb [intransitive, transitive]
to gradually become weaker or less active, or to make something do this:

• As business slackens, accounting firms are reducing their professional staffs and shaking up office leadership.

• Industrial demand has slackened off because of the worldwide economic slowdown.

• The ending of a special tax incentive is widely expected to slacken the pace of new car purchases.

— slackening noun [uncountable] :

• The price cuts may help exporters get through the usual seasonal slackening of oil demand in the second quarter.

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slacken UK US /ˈslækən/ verb [I or T] (also slacken off)
to become gradually less strong or slower, or to make something do this: »

The overall pace of growth slackened.

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The message from retailers is that spending has slackened off.

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Management promised never to slacken the pace of modernization.

slackening noun [S or U]
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There is some slackening in the domestic air express business.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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