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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Discussion of the payroll tax cut comes at a time of concern about a possible economic slowdown as the United States and China engage in a trade war. Reuters, The Mercury News, "White House officials eye payroll tax cut to avert slowdown," 19 Aug. 2019 This slowdown is exacerbated by the trade war with the United States, which is affecting China’s huge manufacturing industry and shaking confidence. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China is threatening to use force in Hong Kong — and hoping threats will suffice," 14 Aug. 2019 The report fed fears about a broader global slowdown as the trade conflict appears to be stalling some of the world's most powerful economies. Anchorage Daily News, "Stock losses deepen as key recession warning surfaces," 14 Aug. 2019 The current economic slowdown has been widely attributed to tepid demand. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, "India’s economic slump is far too deep to be tackled with mere tinkering of interest rates," 7 Aug. 2019 Frick said the slowdown in monthly job gains was organic given the size of past gains and the length of expansion. Josh Boak, Twin Cities, "July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade frictions," 2 Aug. 2019 Anxiety about the economy stems less from the country’s job-creation abilities than from concerns about a global slowdown, trade tensions, muted inflation and the risk of tightening financial conditions. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Job Growth Slows in July but Remains Solid," 2 Aug. 2019 Despite the dramatic headline number, the slowdown was expected. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow holds onto records, shrugging off China's slowing economy," 15 July 2019 Judging from the recent news, the slowdown was merited. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Boeing’s 737 Max woes just cost it a $5.9 billion order," 7 July 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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