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2 not having or showing an ability to absorb ideas readily
  • we love our bulldog though he's a little slower than our German shepherd

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3 lacking in gaiety, movement, or animation
  • a slow day on Wall Street

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4 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • the first half of the movie is slow, but then it gets exciting

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slow

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

to cause to move or proceed at a less rapid pace
  • if you don't slow your delivery down a bit, your speech will be over too soon

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slow

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

at a pace that is less than usual, desirable, or expected
  • you need to go slow with this experiment, or you'll make mistakes

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How is the word slow distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of slow are delay, detain, retard, and slacken. While all these words mean "to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress," slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention.

medication slowed the patient's heart rate

In what contexts can delay take the place of slow?

In some situations, the words delay and slow are roughly equivalent. However, delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival.

bad weather delayed our arrival

When would detain be a good substitute for slow?

The meanings of detain and slow largely overlap; however, detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time.

unexpected business had detained her

Where would retard be a reasonable alternative to slow?

While in some cases nearly identical to slow, retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping.

language barriers retarded their progress

When can slacken be used instead of slow?

The synonyms slacken and slow are sometimes interchangeable, but slacken suggests an easing up or relaxing of power or effort.

on hot days runners slacken their pace

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The first known use of slow was before the 12th century

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“Slow.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/slow. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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