slow down

See also: slowdown and slow-down



slow down (third-person singular simple present slows down, present participle slowing down, simple past and past participle slowed down)

  1. (intransitive) To decelerate.
    When approaching a bend in the road, slow down, and speed up after leaving it.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 7:
      When the long, hot journey drew to its end and the train slowed down for the last time, there was a stir in Jessamy’s carriage.
    • 2021 October 6, Greg Morse, “A need for speed and the drive for 125”, in RAIL, number 941, page 48:
      Then came the war... and everything slowed down.
  2. (transitive) To reduce the velocity, speed, or tempo of something.
    • 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. [] This set-up solves several problems […]. Stopping high-speed trains wastes energy and time, so why not simply slow them down enough for a moving platform to pull alongside?
    With a comfortable lead, the football team slowed down the tempo of the game.