Language Tips

to run slowly

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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 that mean to run slowly:



jog to run at a slow steady speed, for exercise or for pleasure:

  • She jogged down the track towards the beach.
  • Max saw his brother jogging past the house.

go for a jog or go jogging:

  • We went for a jog around the park.
  • He goes jogging almost every day.

trot to run slowly and steadily, taking short steps:

  • A long line of men trotted slowly across the field.
  • I trotted back to the car.

a trot:

  • He set off at a trot.
  • When they saw us they broke into a trot.

Trot is usually used to talk about the movements of animals, especially horses.

lope to run with long slow steps:

  • I saw him come loping along the road.

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

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