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

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The February employment report, with unsettling signs of a sharp hiring slowdown despite rising wages, bolsters Federal Reserve officials’ decision to stop raising interest rates. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "February’s Hiring Chill Will Make the Fed Even More Patient," 8 Mar. 2019 Monday’s figures showed the slowdown gathering pace as the year came to an end. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "Brexit unease sees UK economy takes a turn for the worse," 12 Feb. 2019 Scientists monitoring the active volcano aren't ready to say the lava has stopped flowing, but there is an undeniable slowdown. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaiian Volcano ​Kilauea Taking a Break From Erupting, But it Might Not Be All Done," 8 Aug. 2018 The weak numbers suggest China’s slowdown and trade tensions with the United States are hurting demand. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "World shares mostly higher on upbeat talk on China-US trade," 20 Feb. 2019 Responders blocked the northbound No. 2 lane on Highway 65 at Lincoln Boulevard, causing a slowdown. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Motorcyclist found dead after overnight crash on Highway 65 offramp," 13 July 2018 That slowdown—and a global trend among phone owners of upgrading less frequently—contributed to a 9.7% drop in overall smartphone shipments in China in the quarter. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Apple Loses Ground to Huawei as China Shipments Slump 20%," 12 Feb. 2019 For the current quarter, Intel sad that a slowdown in China, weaker sales to cloud customers, a weakening NAND flash market, and weaker modem demand contributed to the lower fourth-quarter sales. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 But there are signs that China is undergoing a significant slowdown, partially because of President Donald Trump’s trade war. Alex Ward, Vox, "Everyone warns of China’s rise. But its decline could be even worse.," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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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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