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Slaken vs Loosen - What's the difference?

slaken | loosen |

As verbs the difference between slaken and loosen

is that slaken is while loosen is to make loose.




  • * {{quote-book, year=1914, author=Charles Warren Stoddard, title=Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I was glad when we were very politely invited to get out of the train and walk a plank over a puddle that for a moment submerged the track; glad when we were advised to foot it over a trestle-bridge that sagged in the swift current of a swollen stream; and gladder still when our locomotive began to puff and blow and slaken its pace as we climbed up into the mouth of a ravine fragrant with the warm scents of summer--albeit we could boast but a solitary brace of cars, and these small ones, and not overcrowded at that. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1901, author=Charles Kingsley, title=Two Years Ago, Volume I, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And so she swept in, with her arm round Lucia's waist; while Elsley stood looking after her, well enough satisfied with her reception of him, and only hoping that the stream of words would slaken after a while. " }}




    (en verb)
  • To make loose.
  • to loosen a knot
    After the Thanksgiving meal, Bill loosened his belt.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • After a year's rooting, then shaking doth the tree good by loosening of the earth.
  • To free from restraint; to set at liberty.
  • * Dryden
  • It loosens his hands, and assists his understanding.
  • To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.
  • (Francis Bacon)


    * tighten

    Derived terms

    * loosen the apron strings * loosen the purse strings * loosener

    See also

    * lose English ergative verbs