slow·​down | \ ˈslō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce slowdown (audio) \

Definition of slowdown

: a slowing down a business slowdown

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Examples of slowdown in a Sentence

The business had a slowdown after the holidays. disease experts are encouraged by the recent slowdown in the spread of the virus
Recent Examples on the Web Adani, who shares Gujarati roots and a deal-making instinct with Ambani, expanded aggressively into airports, unfazed by the travel slowdown. Naazneen Karmali, Forbes, "India’s 10 Richest Billionaires 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 In contrast, Biden is dealing with a productivity slowdown that is now well into its second decade. Star Tribune, "FDR had the Great Depression, but Biden has Big Data," 4 Apr. 2021 The slowdown follows an influx of short-sellers into the opaque financial vehicles and a sell-off in high-profile SPACs such as Churchill Capital Corp IV. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The SPAC Slowdown," 2 Apr. 2021 The slowdown has been used by the minority Republican Party as frustrations about the priorities of the 2021 session increase. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Music festivals, Opening Day, casino clinics: News from around our 50 states," 1 Apr. 2021 There is no information yet on how long the traffic slowdown will last. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, "No injuries after semi-truck rolls over on Interstate 15 in northwest corner of Arizona," 30 Mar. 2021 The crisis is further compounded by shipping problems in the U.S., including a slowdown at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, said Michelle Krebs, principal automotive analyst for Cox Automotive. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Delay on Suez Canal could cripple already struggling auto industry," 26 Mar. 2021 Roy’s slowdown tactic was soon adopted by controversial Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Chip Roy's Tea Party revival," 18 Mar. 2021 Bernstein analyst Doug Harned has estimated the Dreamliner delivery slowdown could cost Boeing as much as $8 billion in cash flow through 2020 and 2021. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Faces New Hurdle in Delivering Dreamliners," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of slowdown

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slowdown was in 1897

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9 Apr 2021

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“Slowdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slowdown

: a decrease in the speed at which something is moving or happening


slow·​down | \ ˈslō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce slowdown (audio) \

Legal Definition of slowdown

: a slowing down of business operations by employees

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