What is the opposite of accelerate?

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Opposite of to increase in speed
“As you decelerate, the brakes get noticeably softer in the fraction of a second before the car stops.”
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Opposite of to hasten or facilitate the process of
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“This sluggish growth will impede the creation of job opportunities, while skyrocketing inflation will definitely decrease people's real incomes.”
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Opposite of to make or become greater in size, extent, volume, amount, or number
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“It should gradually diminish as the body returns to balance over a few months of treatment.”
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(lead to) Opposite of to culminate or result in a particular event or consequence
“Eating the right foods and getting enough exercise will prevent weight gain.”
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Opposite of to move past someone or something with force
“Sarah had to wait until the crowd dispersed before she could proceed to take a photo with one of her idols.”
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(of a state or process) Opposite of to encourage the development of, or increased activity in, something
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Opposite of to free from obstruction or difficulty
“They deliberately complicate matters in order to break the spirit of their customers who have the nerve to complain.”
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Opposite of to occur before an event or time
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