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slow

 
 
pronunciation:
slo
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
slow down
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: slower, slowest
definition 1: not moving or able to move rapidly or fast.
Only slow traffic can cross the bridge while it's being repaired.I've always been a slow eater; everyone always finishes before me.
 
synonyms:
leisurely, poky, slack, slow-motion, sluggish, unhurried
antonyms:
fast, hurried, quick, rapid, smart, speedy, swift
similar words:
crawling, creeping, lazy, plodding
definition 2: taking a long time.
Her development as a musician was slow, but she became more expert than her brother.The climbers began their slow descent this morning.
synonyms:
extended, long, prolonged, protracted
antonyms:
expeditious, fast, hasty, hurried, quick, rapid, speedy, swift
similar words:
interminable, lengthy, lingering, slack, tardy
definition 3: dull-witted.
He appeared slow as a child, but it was only that he had difficulty hearing.
synonyms:
dense, dimwitted, dull, lumpish, stupid, thickheaded
antonyms:
agile, apt, bright, clever, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp
similar words:
dim, dumb, imbecile, imperceptive, obtuse, simple, thick, unintelligent, witless
definition 4: not quickly responsive.
He is slow to become angry.
synonyms:
dilatory, sluggish
antonyms:
prompt, quick, swift
similar words:
hesitant, reluctant, unresponsive
definition 5: not active with business.
Wednesday evenings are always slow at the restaurant.
synonyms:
quiet, slack, sluggish
antonyms:
brisk, busy, hectic
similar words:
inactive, leisurely, unhurried
definition 6: not suited to rapid movement.
We took the slow route back.
antonyms:
fast
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part of speech: adverb
definition: in a slow manner (often used in combination).
These cacti are slow-growing plants.You'd better go slow through here.
synonyms:
leisurely
antonyms:
fast
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: slows, slowing, slowed
definition 1: to make slow (often fol. by "down" or "up").
The slippery roads slowed traffic that day.The engineer slowed down the train.Hey, slow up so we can walk together!
synonyms:
arrest, decelerate, slacken
antonyms:
accelerate, quicken, speed
similar words:
brake, hang up, retard, stunt
definition 2: to delay, retard, or hold back.
Interruptions slowed her progress.The medication slowed the spread of the cancer.
synonyms:
delay, hang up, hinder, impede, restrain, retard
antonyms:
accelerate, advance, hurry, speed
similar words:
brake, check, curb, detain, limit, obstruct, restrict, stall
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become slow or slower.
The truck slowed as it climbed the hill.
synonyms:
retard, slacken
antonyms:
hurry, quicken
similar words:
brake, falter, slack
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phrase: slow down
derivations: slowly (adv.), slowness (n.)
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  • slowly:
    in a slow way; not fast.
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