slow·down | \ˈslō-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of slowdown 

: a slowing down a business slowdown

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Synonyms & Antonyms for slowdown


braking, deceleration, letup, retardation


acceleration, hastening, quickening

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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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There’s the fear of rising interest rates from the Fed, which could make borrowing more expensive and lead to an economic slowdown. Wes Moss, ajc, "Wes Moss: What you need to remember when navigating choppy markets," 22 May 2018 Orlando’s slowdown in sales is happening despite prices sliding just a bit. Bill Zimmerman,, "Orlando home sales drop by 11.4 percent, report finds," 15 June 2018 Milder slowdowns have scared the government off the path of prudence before. The Economist, "China has made progress in tackling financial risks," 14 June 2018 In the year after the Trump administration’s first refugee ban was blocked by federal courts, the program has endured stops and starts, increased security protocols, and an overall slowdown not seen in years. Hamed Aleaziz, San Francisco Chronicle, "Once a haven for refugees, California sees admissions dwindle under Trump," 11 June 2018 Lolla had appeared so untouchable that even this modest slowdown felt like a dire harbinger—if its dominance was weakening, even incrementally, what would happen to Chicago festivals with less clout? Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Does Chicago have too many music festivals?," 30 May 2018 Especially important, business lending has shown signs of a resurgence in recent months after a two-year slowdown in growth. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Investors Look to Earnings to Snap Big-Bank Share Slump," 11 July 2018 And the slowdown or even reversal of growth could be a chance for the town to catch its breath and make some savvy big-picture plans. Kevin Riordan,, "After a 50-year population explosion, a South Jersey suburb appears to be shrinking," 16 June 2018 The slowdowns apply only in congested network areas, AT&T says. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T imposes another $5 price hike on grandfathered unlimited data plans," 8 June 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 \

Legal Definition of slowdown 

: a slowing down of business operations by employees

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