Use the verb decelerate when you want to slow down, like when you realize you are missing important moments in life by racing around, trying to do everything yourself. If you make an effort to decelerate, you might be happier — and healthier.

Decelerate is the opposite of accelerate, which means "to go faster." Decelerate often describes slowing a vehicle, but it can relate to nearly anything, like a friendship that begins with hanging out nearly every day but decelerates when you move to a new town or get busy with school and sports. It doesn't mean the friendship is ending or over, just that the pace is now a little slower.

Definitions of decelerate

v lose velocity; move more slowly

“The car decelerated
retard, slow, slow down, slow up
accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
move faster
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slow, slow down, slow up
cause to proceed more slowly
delay, detain, hold up
cause to be slowed down or delayed
bog, bog down
cause to slow down or get stuck
clog, constipate
impede with a clog or as if with a clog
engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate
delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
deliberately delay an event or action
buy time
act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
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decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

v reduce the speed of

slow down
accelerate, speed, speed up
cause to move faster
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make less fast or intense
cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate
slow down by moving the tail sideways
lessen the momentum or velocity of
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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