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 Signs of a slowdown U.S. airlines began suspending and cutting international flights in late January and have repeatedly added new reductions to additional destinations. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "'They're getting pummeled.' Travel industry reeling from coronavirus concerns, anxiety," 10 Mar. 2020 However, as the spread of the virus continues in Western nations, both China and S. Korea are seeing a slowdown in new cases. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Coronavirus news updates: Italy under lockdown, Trump hints at tax plan," 10 Mar. 2020 Businesses and economists are viewing the latest job numbers with caution, wary of any slowdown from the spread of the coronavirus. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Hiring surged in February before coronavirus spread in U.S.," 6 Mar. 2020 So far, there’s no sign of a slowdown in multifamily building in D-FW, with dozens more new projects in the works. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "More new apartments opening in D-FW than any other U.S. metro," 15 Jan. 2020 Asia-Pacific also delivered a solid performance as sales in mainland China helped offset a slowdown in Hong Kong amid the ongoing protests. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Gucci’s astronomical sales are coming back to earth," 25 Oct. 2019 Battery storage projects across the country attracted more attention from venture capital firms this year while interest in smart grid funding is showing signs of a slowdown, according to a new report. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Venture capital firms double funding of battery storage projects," 22 Oct. 2019 Performance The iOS 13 update runs just a bit slower than iOS 12 running on the same device, but the A9 chip in the iPhone 6S and SE is fast enough that a little bit of slowdown doesn’t make the phones feel slow. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "iPadOS on the iPad Air 2: Old tablets can still learn new tricks," 24 Sep. 2019 Whatever the causes, the possibility of a slowdown has caused concern on both sides of the Atlantic. David Fleshler,, "A weaker Gulf Stream may lead to rising seas and a hotter Florida," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Mar 2020

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“Slowdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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