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 The rapid rise of the new patients in hospitals has raised worry of further staff shortages and a slowdown of vaccinations. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, "Japan declares a state of emergency for third time; what does that mean for the Olympics?," 23 Apr. 2021 Sales were up only 1% from the same period last year, due in part of a slowdown of purchase activity during February’s ice and snow storms. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "North Texas home prices surge to unheard-of levels," 9 Apr. 2021 Any disruption can cause a slowdown of assembly lines. Doug Mckelway, Washington Examiner, "Suez Canal blockage illustrates vulnerabilities of key waterway," 29 Mar. 2021 There are small crumbs of comfort for those railing against what is, ostensibly, a monetized bet: growth in loot box purchases will average 5% per year to 2025, which is a marked slowdown on previous years. Matt Gardner, Forbes, "The Gaming Industry’s Loot Box Problem Is Going To Get Worse," 11 Mar. 2021 The slowdown of ocean circulation is directly caused by warming global temperatures and has been predicted by climate scientists. Jackson Dill And Brandon Miller, CNN, "The slowing down of ocean currents could have a devastating effect on our climate," 2 Mar. 2021 The depth and reach of the pandemic costs ranged from total factory shutdowns and installing new safety equipment in worksites to supply chain disruption that stalled production and the slowdown of customer sales during quarantine. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford UAW hourly workers earn $3,625 profit-sharing checks amid 2020 earnings dip," 4 Feb. 2021 The slowdown of new cases offers some respite in hospital and intensive care numbers. Aidin Vaziri,, "California braces for troubling new variant as U.S. nears 400,000 deaths," 18 Jan. 2021 The proliferation of platforms over the last couple of decades, and the slowdown of local production during the pandemic, have made British imports ubiquitous across television (including two Anglophile subscription services, Acorn TV and BritBox). Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Fight off the Sunday scaries with this pair of cozy British dramas," 17 Jan. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Slowdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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