Language Tips

to move more slowly

Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs and phrases that mean to move more slowly:



slow or slow down to move more slowly:

  • I ran for a while and then slowed as the woods came into view.
  • The traffic slowed down before stopping completely.

slow to a crawl  or halt:

  • Heavy fog forced drivers to slow to a crawl.

slacken or slacken off to become slower or less active:

  • His pace slackened as he approached the house.
  • When you’re in the lead, don’t slacken off.

cut your speed  or reduce your speed or decrease your speed to move more slowly, especially in a vehicle:

  • It’s a huge problem to get people to reduce their speed.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to slow down‘.

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