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slow down

1. To decrease in speed. Would you please slow down—you're going 100 miles an hour! Once he slowed down and started speaking clearly, I finally understood what he was talking about.
2. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in speed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. You really should slow the engine down before shifting gears like that. We need to try to slow down their linebacker, or he's going to keep sacking our quarterback all day long.
3. To decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. She's got too much going on at the moment, between work and the kids. She needs to slow down or she's going to have a heart attack! The company announced they were slowing down production after the lukewarm response to the latest product.
4. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. The government plans to slow their infrastructure investments down over the next year to help balance the federal budget. My arthritis has really started slowing me down lately.
See also: down, slow

slow down

to decrease speed; to go slower. Please slow down. You are going too fast.
See also: down, slow

slow down

1. Delay, retard, reduce speed, as in She slowed down the sled by dragging her foot, or Slow down, Bill; you're driving much too fast. [First half of 1800s] Also see slow up.
2. Become less active or vigorous, as in Now that I'm in my seventies I find I've slowed down quite a bit. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: down, slow

slow down

v.
1. To decrease the speed or rate of something: The chef slowed down the mixer and added some flour to the batter. We slowed the boat down as we entered the harbor.
2. To move, work, or happen at a slower rate: We slowed down so that we could read the road sign.
3. To delay someone or something; retard someone or something: An injury slowed down the runner. A virus has slowed my computer down.
See also: down, slow
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A big bonus of slowing down is you allow that great computer of yours--your brain--to come into play more.
"It's not declining but it is slowing down, which is in line with what we think is happening to the economy generally."
The transition between slowing down and speeding up would have occurred when the universe was about one-third its current age, or about 9 billion years ago, astronomers calculate.
He sees the economy slowing down a bit in 2000, which he considers a favorable development.
In a blog post, the company explained that it is intentionally slowing down older devices to prevent an ageing battery from causing problems.
The scientists believe the Earth started slowing down in 2011.
New Energy Technologies has devised 'MotionPower' strips, which besides slowing down speed demons, also converts kinetic energy from the vehicles into electricity.
Dubai: Motorists have been spotted slowing down near the new Safa Park and Al Maktoum Bridge Salik toll gates.
As a result of said slowing down I had chronic backache which coincided with a pre-booked mum-to-be massage.
A person's definition o slowing down may depend on what they were doing previous and may have a difference connotation to different people.
Partnership manager Ray King said: "Our challenge to drivers who think it's a money-making exercise is to stop the cash flow by simply slowing down. It's that simple.
House price inflation has been slowing down for the past three months.
The pill, being developed in Holland, will work by slowing down production of a hormone which triggers egg development in the ovaries.