Meaning of “slow (sb/sth) down/up” in the English Dictionary

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"slow (sb/sth) down/up" in British English

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slow (sb/sth) down/up

phrasal verb with slow uk /sləʊ/ us /sloʊ/ verb [ I or T ]

B2 to become slower, or to make someone or something become slower:

Slow down, you two, you're walking too fast!
If I run with Christina she tends to slow me down.
We slowed up when we saw the police.

More examples

  • You drive too fast - just slow down a bit!
  • You'd better slow down, that car was flashing its lights at you.
  • You should slow down as you approach the junction.
  • Could you slow down a bit - I can't keep pace with you.
  • Drugs can slow down the progression of the disease.

(Definition of “slow (sb/sth) down/up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slow (sb/sth) down/up" in Business English

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slow (sb/sth) down/up

phrasal verb with slow uk /sləʊ/ us verb [ I or T ]

to become slower or less active, or to make something slower or less active:

Growth in the business slowed down rather than increasing as expected.
slow down the pace/rate of sth US employers slowed down the pace of hiring last month.
"We see no signs of the demand slowing up," he said.

(Definition of “slow (sb/sth) down/up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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