slow·​down | \ˈslō-ˌdau̇n \

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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Worries about a global slowdown are rising just as oil supplies have become more plentiful. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Oil Prices Fall Further After Trump’s Saudi Arabia Remarks," 20 Nov. 2018 In other words, the slowdown in revenue is especially worrisome for Lyft, which has a smaller market share than Uber and therefore thinner margins. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 This slowdown in price inflation is, itself, somewhat puzzling. Jason Furman, Vox, "The real reason you’re not getting a pay raise," 11 Aug. 2018 While the report expects an overall economic slowdown next year, emerging trends and markets in flux that could provide new opportunities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 If other countries start to experience economic slowdowns of their own, the US will likely have more difficulty doing business with them. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s trade war is hurting the global economy," 9 Oct. 2018 An economic slowdown would likely lead the Fed to throttle back on its rate increases to avoid stifling growth. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "Fed watchers seek hints about future rates amid likely hike," 24 Sep. 2018 And frankly, Facebook didn’t provide any good excuse for the user growth slowdown. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "How far will Facebook fall today?," 26 July 2018 The report said industries like hospitality, manufacturing and meatpacking are facing labor shortages because of the slowdown in refugees. Phillip Molnar,, "Will a slowdown in refugees hurt San Diego County’s economy?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of slowdown

1897, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Legal Definition of slowdown 

: a slowing down of business operations by employees

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