\ ˈslō How to pronounce slow (audio) \

Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : mentally dull : stupid a slow student
b : naturally inert or sluggish
2a : lacking in readiness, promptness, or willingness
b : not hasty or precipitate was slow to anger
3a : moving, flowing, or proceeding without speed or at less than usual speed traffic was slow
b : exhibiting or marked by low speed he moved with slow deliberation
c : not acute a slow disease
d : low, gentle slow fire
4 : requiring a long time : gradual a slow recovery
5 : having qualities that hinder rapid progress or action a slow track
6a : registering behind or below what is correct the clock is slow
b : less than the time indicated by another method of reckoning
c : that is behind the time at a specified time or place
7a : lacking in life, animation, or gaiety : boring the first chapter is a bit slow
b : marked by reduced activity business was slow a slow news week

slow

adverb

Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

slow

verb
slowed; slowing; slows

Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make slow or slower : slacken the speed of slow a car often used with down or up

intransitive verb

: to go or become slower production of new cars slowed sharply

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Other Words from slow

Adjective

slowish \ ˈslō-​ish How to pronounce slow (audio) \ adjective
slowness noun

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Verb

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival. bad weather delayed our arrival retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping. language barriers retarded their progress slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention medication slowed the patient's heart rate , slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort. on hot days runners slacken their pace detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time. unexpected business had detained her

Slow vs. Slowly: Usage Guide

Adverb

Some commentators claim that careful writers avoid the adverb slow, in spite of the fact that it has had over four centuries of usage. have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower — William Shakespeare In actual practice, slow and slowly are not used in quite the same way. Slow is almost always used with verbs that denote movement or action, and it regularly follows the verb it modifies. beans … are best cooked long and slow — Louise Prothro Slowly is used before the verb a sense of outrage, which slowly changed to shame — Paul Horgan and with participial adjectives. a slowly dawning awareness … of the problem Amer. Labor Slowly is used after verbs where slow might also be used burn slow or slowly and after verbs where slow would be unidiomatic. the leadership turned slowly toward bombing as a means of striking back — David Halberstam

Examples of slow in a Sentence

Adjective The buyers were slow to act, and the house was sold to someone else. He was a quiet boy who seldom spoke, and some people thought he was a little slow. Business is slow during the summer. The first few chapters are slow, but after that it gets better. Adverb My computer is working slow. you need to go slow with this experiment, or you'll make mistakes Verb The car slowed and gradually came to a stop. The extra weight slowed the truck.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But, Montúfar suggests taking it slow as January begins. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Mercury In Aquarius May Have You Rethinking Your Career," 5 Jan. 2021 Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that the slow start to the vaccination campaign was due in part to the holidays, when many public health workers were on vacation. New York Times, "As the Virus Spikes, Vaccine Distribution Is One More Hurdle for States," 3 Jan. 2021 Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday that the slow start to the vaccination campaign was due in part to the holidays, when many public health workers were on vacation. Lucy Tompkins, BostonGlobe.com, "As the virus spikes, vaccine distribution is one more hurdle for states," 3 Jan. 2021 Wade started slow with his adjustment to the outside but has played better lately. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Where Ohio State and Clemson are better and worse than a year ago: Doug Lesmerises," 25 Dec. 2020 Oregon State started slow but finished fast to put away Texas-San Antonio 73-61 Wednesday afternoon in Gill Coliseum. oregonlive, "Oregon State uses a strong second-half rally to upend Texas-San Antonio 73-61," 17 Dec. 2020 This is the car that is set to make the Koenigsegg One:1 seem slow and the Bugatti Chiron positively leisurely. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "1817-HP Hennessey Venom F5 Revealed, Claims 311-MPH Top Speed," 15 Dec. 2020 Both coming from previous marriages, the pair appears to be taking things slow. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Watch Zooey Deschanel Demolish a Kitchen With Jonathan Scott in “Celebrity IOU” Sneak Peek," 14 Dec. 2020 Court is in session in Koblenz a few days a week usually, and the pace will continue on a very slow and deliberate trajectory. Nate Berg, The New Republic, "The Man Who Wants to Take Down Bashar Al Assad," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Harbaugh, who led the 49ers to a Super Bowl in four seasons before an unceremonious exit to Michigan after the 2014 season, is in slow-moving extension talks with Michigan, as his current deal expires following the 2021 season. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions head coach search: ESPN picks best and worst matches, including Jim Harbaugh," 30 Dec. 2020 Liu’s branch of the family tree is the source of two dishes; dan dan mian and a beef noodle soup that’s been slow-cooked for three days. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Chifa Chinese and Peruvian restaurant: Come for the food, feast on the look," 8 Dec. 2020 The average rotisserie chicken, which is slow-cooked under direct heat and often sold in grocery stores, is about 2 pounds. Popular Science, "Five better turkey alternatives to serve this Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 The variety of slow-cooked smoked meats range from Akaushi smoked brisket to a 10-oz. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Fertitta Family, King Ranch to open King Ranch restaurant in Houston," 14 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the latest attempt to deal with government’s failure to protect the public from health-damaging pollution from the facility, a slow-moving disaster that has become a symbol of environmental injustice. Tony Barboza Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California sues to recover costs for Exide lead cleanup, but community still wants justice," 19 Dec. 2020 According to MacKie, the rules governing frozen cherry pies are often used internally at the FDA as an example of the kind of outdated, slow-moving mind-set the agency is struggling to overcome. Washington Post, "The Trump administration’s latest deregulation target: Frozen cherry pie," 18 Dec. 2020 Mothers are supposed to show speedy progress in a sprawling, unwieldy and slow-moving system that is rife with inherent conflicts and double standards. USA Today, "Her memory of the midnight attack was muddled, but her battered body bore the story.," 17 Dec. 2020 But when big trees are removed, the slow-moving heart-rot fungi can’t form as many large tree cavities. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fulton on March 13 became the first school district in metro Atlanta to stop live instruction as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ben Brasch, ajc, "COVID-19 ‘surge’ forces all Fulton Schools classes online next week," 8 Jan. 2021 Find a way to slow down D’Eriq King, the Hurricanes’ dynamic dual-threat quarterback who combined for 3,093 total yards of offense and 26 total touchdowns while leading his team to its first winning season since 2017. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma State expects to be tested by Miami QB D’Eriq King," 28 Dec. 2020 Another way to slow down the drying process is to treat the wood with wood cream or sealant, such as Anchorseal. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 There are fewer measures in place to slow the spread and more limited backup resources for hospitals than were available in the summer, said Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing homes, contagious Clauses, toy drive boost: News from around our 50 states," 18 Dec. 2020 Industrial policy of this sort would misallocate capital in a way that would slow the economy’s transition to a post-virus new normal. Glenn Hubbard, WSJ, "The Economy Needs a Little More PPP," 8 Dec. 2020 The Spartans had no way to slow down Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for 104 yards. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "MSU football's Mel Tucker fed up with Spartans' inconsistency: 'I'm gonna be sick'," 5 Dec. 2020 But as California careens toward the most dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, many public health experts say the orders may well be the best — and possibly the only — way to slow the rapid spread of the virus. Los Angeles Times, "Lockdowns are depressing and economically devastating. But California might not have a choice," 5 Dec. 2020 The fields also were used for graduation ceremonies this summer when measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus prevented large groups from gathering indoors. Andrew Canulette | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Slidell High's L.V. McGinty Stadium first in line for artificial turf field," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of slow

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1557, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slow

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English slāw; akin to Old High German slēo dull

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Time Traveler for slow

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The first known use of slow was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Slow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slow. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce slow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not moving quickly : not able to move quickly
: not happening quickly : taking more time than is expected or wanted
: not operating quickly

slow

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a slow way or at a low speed

slow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

: to begin to move at a lower speed
: to make (something, such as a car) move at a lower speed
: to become slower
\ ˈslō How to pronounce slow (audio) \
slower; slowest

Kids Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moving, flowing, or going at less than the usual speed slow music Traffic was slow.
2 : taking more time than is expected or desired We had a slow start on the project.
3 : not as smart or as quick to understand as most people
4 : not active Business was slow.
5 : indicating less than is correct My watch is five minutes slow.
6 : not easily aroused or excited Grandmother is slow to anger.

Other Words from slow

slowly adverb
slowness noun

slow

verb
slowed; slowing

Kids Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

: to go or make go less than the usual speed The car slowed around the corner. The heavy load slowed the wagon.

slow

adverb
slower; slowest

Kids Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a slow way Can you talk slower?

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