tempo noun

1 speed of an activity/event

ADJ. increasing

VERB + TEMPO increase, raise, step up United stepped up the tempo in the second half. | slow (down)

TEMPO + VERB quicken | slacken | change

PHRASES the tempo of life They soon adapted to the tempo of life on the island.

2 speed of a piece of music

ADJ. fast, quick | slow | moderate | waltz, etc.

VERB + TEMPO change

TEMPO + NOUN indications, markings

PREP. at a … ~ They took the last movement at an unusually slow tempo.