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English verb: slow down

1. slow down (change) lose velocity; move more slowly


SamplesThe car decelerated.


Synonymsdecelerate, retard, slow, slow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Narrower (hyponym)delay, detain, hold up, slow, slow down, slow up


Antonymsaccelerate, quicken, speed up, speed

2. slow down (change) become slow or slower


SamplesProduction slowed.


Synonymsslack, slacken, slow, slow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken

3. slow down (change) cause to proceed more slowly


SamplesThe illness slowed him down.


Synonymsslow, slow up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up


Narrower (hyponym)bog, bog down, clog, constipate

4. slow down (change) reduce the speed of


SamplesHe slowed down the car.


Synonymsdecelerate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)fishtail, moderate, retard


Antonymsaccelerate, speed up, speed

5. slow down (body) become less tense, rest, or take one's ease


SamplesHe relaxed in the hot tub.
Let's all relax after a hard day's work.


ExamplesSam and Sue slow down


Synonymsdecompress, loosen up, relax, unbend, unwind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)sit back, take it easy, vege out, vegetate


Antonymstense up, tense









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