slowly

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adverb slow·ly \ ˈslō-lē \

Definition of slowly

:in a slow manner :not quickly, fast, early, rashly, or readily

slow vs. slowly

Some commentators claim that careful writers avoid the adverb slow, in spite of the fact that it has had over four centuries of usage.
    • have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower
    • —William Shakespeare
In actual practice, slow and slowly are not used in quite the same way. Slow is almost always used with verbs that denote movement or action, and it regularly follows the verb it modifies.
    • beans … are best cooked long and slow
    • —Louise Prothro
Slowly is used before the verb
    • a sense of outrage, which slowly changed to shame
    • —Paul Horgan
and with participial adjectives.
    • a slowly dawning awareness … of the problem
    • Amer. Labor
Slowly is used after verbs where slow might also be used
    • burn slow or slowly
and after verbs where slow would be unidiomatic.
    • the leadership turned slowly toward bombing as a means of striking back
    • —David Halberstam


Examples of slowly in a Sentence

  1. Things are slowly getting better.

  2. walked slowly toward the ringing phone

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First Known Use of slowly

13th century



SLOWLY Defined for English Language Learners

slowly

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adverb

Definition of slowly for English Language Learners

  • : in a slow way or at a low speed



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