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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That would be better than the 75,000 jobs added in May, but a slight slowdown from the 175,000 positions created on average over the past six months. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "US jobs day; Deutsche Bank watch; Markets stutter," 5 July 2019 Hot dogs might wind up a little cheaper this year thanks to the trade slowdown. Christine Mcdaniel, Twin Cities, "Christine McDaniel: What the trade war with China means for your July 4th cookout," 4 July 2019 The research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Waller has expressed support for the independence of the Federal Reserve and allowing inflation to run a bit higher, in order to help the economy recover from slowdowns. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Trump Fed pick wants to revive the gold standard. Here's what that means," 3 July 2019 The slowdown in manufacturing — which is related to trade tensions — is contributing to more sluggishness in the overall economy. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How you can benefit from an unexpected shift in interest rates," 3 July 2019 And the dip is expected to continue, with consultancy AlixPartners last week forecasting the slowdown will accelerate over the next two years, bottoming out at around 15.1 million before staging a modest recovery in 2022. NBC News, "Car owners are holding on to their cars even longer — driving down sales," 2 July 2019 Co-owner Mona Gregory notes that the layers slow down when the temperatures spike over 95 F. Farmers markets all over North Texas will feel that slowdown, so shop early for eggs. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Shoppers love the small-town feel of this Frisco farmers market," 2 July 2019 All important indicators of economic activity like the dipping index of industrial production (IIP) and plummeting automobile sales confirm the slowdown. Vk Vijayakumar, Quartz India, "A fragile economy leaves Nirmala Sitharaman with little room to dole out goodies," 1 July 2019 Whenever steps towards economic reform cause too rapid a slowdown, China’s government quickly returns to stimulus. The Economist, "The global economy is on a knife-edge," 27 June 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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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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