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 gain marks a turnaround from a severe contraction in February and helped put investor fears over a global economic slowdown in check. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally," 14 Apr. 2019 Survey data, consumer confidence figures and machine-tool sales all suggest Japan’s economy is at its most fragile in years, partly driven by the slowdown in China. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Tokyo’s Tax Increase Would Undermine All of Japan’s Economic Progress," 9 Apr. 2019 The result was heavily influenced by a slowdown in utility bills, likely driven by better weather and lower demand for electricity and natural gas. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "US consumer spending weak in May, while inflation speeds up," 29 June 2018 Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi said weakness in the current iPhone lineup was caused by a structural slowdown in the growth of new customers and the high pricing of the X model. Mark Gurman,, "Apple results to show iPhone X problem and plan to fix it," 1 May 2018 Not all units of BlackRock are experiencing a slowdown in new flows, however. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "BlackRock’s Assets Fall Sharply," 17 Jan. 2019 That’s in part because tariffs are now acutely hurting parts of the US and China is starting to experience an economic slowdown. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 During testing the following month, almost 59,000 students experienced a slowdown that lasted between 15 and 90 minutes, according to Morath’s letters to school districts and statements to the state board. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Online crashes invalidate thousands of San Antonio STAAR tests," 15 June 2018 January home sales in the Sacramento region experienced the typical seasonal slowdown in numbers sold, but prices continued to rise. Sharon Okada, sacbee, "Did home prices go up again in your neighborhood in January? Check here | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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