From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishslowslow1 /sləʊ $ sloʊ/ ●●●S2W2 adjective (comparative slower, superlative slowest)1not quickSLOW not moving, being done, or happening quicklyOPP quick, fast → slowlyThe car was travelling at a very slow speed.a slow walkerThe economy faces a year of slower growth.Take a few deep, slow breaths.2taking too longSLOW taking too longOPP fastTaylor was concerned at the slow progress of the investigations.The legal system can be painfully slow (=much too slow).slow to do somethingThe wound was slow to heal.3with delay [not before noun] if you are slow to do something, you do not do it as soon as you can or shouldslow to do somethingFarmers have been slow to exploit this market.Their attitude was slow to change.slow in doing somethingHe has been slow in announcing the name of his successor.New ideas have been slow in coming.4longer timeSLOW taking a longer time than something similarOPP fastWe got on the slow train (=one that stops at more stations) by mistake.5businessBUSY PLACE if business or trade is slow, there are not many customers or not much is soldBusiness is often slow in the afternoon.The company is experiencing slow sales.6clock [not before noun]TIME/RIGHT OR WRONG TIME if a clock or watch is slow, it is showing a time earlier than the correct timeOPP fastten minutes/five minutes etc slowThe clock is about five minutes slow.7not cleverSTUPID/NOT INTELLIGENT not good or quick at understanding thingsTeaching assistants have time to help the slower pupils.8 →slow on the uptake9 →slow off the mark10 →do a slow burn11 →slow handclap12 →a slow oven13photography a slow film does not react to light very easily —slowness noun [uncountable]THESAURUSslow not moving quickly or not doing something quicklyI was always one of the slowest runners in my class.My computer’s really slow compared to the ones at school.gradual happening, developing, or changing slowly over a long period of timea gradual rise in the Earth’s temperatureI’ve noticed a gradual improvement in his work.leisurely especially written moving or doing something slowly, especially because you are enjoying what you are doing and do not have to hurrya leisurely breakfastThey walked at a leisurely pace.unhurried especially written moving or doing something in a slow and calm way, without rushing at allShe continued to listen, seeming relaxed and unhurried.the doctor’s calm unhurried mannersluggish moving or reacting more slowly than usual, especially because of a loss of power or energy. Also used when business, sales, or the economy seem very slowThe car seems rather sluggish going uphill.The drink was making her sluggish.the company’s sluggish performance this yearSales have been sluggish. lethargic moving slowly, because you feel as if you have no energy and no interest in doing anythingShe woke up feeling heavy and lethargic.His son seemed depressed and lethargic.languid literary slow and with very little energy or activity – used about people, actions, or periods of timeShe lifted her hand in a languid wave.a long languid afternoon in the middle of summerHe was pale and had rather a languid air about him. glacial literary extremely slow – used especially about the speed at which something happensThings are changing, but at a glacial pace.
slow• I know life in Hollywood is fast-paced, but could you guys slow down a little?• Even as I battled my fears with freneticbursts of activity, whenever I slowed down I knew I was unprepared.• Instead of slowing down, the pentecostals are growing faster than ever.• The report shows launch activity slowed dramatically for the month of November.• She apologized for slowing him down and twice advised him to leave her.• A closed door stops draughtsspreading the flames, and dramatically slows the progress of a fire.• Trafficslowed to a crawl as we approached the accidentsite.• My watch must have been gradually slowing to a stop all day.• All this paperwork has really slowed up our application process.slowslow3 adverb (comparative slower, superlative slowest) informalSLOWslowlyIf you go slower, you’ll see much more. →go-slow
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slow• You'd better go pretty slow around this corner.• A water supply was very slow coming to Baldersdale and never did arrive at Low Birk Hatt.• If Mr Ridgley's varnish is slowdrying, he can add a little paintdriers.• Men have been slow to face this prospect; some still hope that it may never become reality.• Apple has been slow to license its operating system.• While the federalpolicyshift began a decade ago, forestmanagers have been slow to put it into practice.• Until then, her career had been slow to take off.From King Business Dictionaryslowslow1 /sləʊsloʊ/ verb [intransitive, transitive] (also slow down) to become slowerConsumer borrowing has slowed noticeably since Jan. 1.They’re delaying sales reports to the factory to slow down shipments of new cars.→ See Verb tableslowslow2 adjective1not happening, being done, or moving with much speed or not as quickly as it shouldPrices are rising, but at a slower pace than before.a period of slow economic growthWe expect a slow improvement in sales.Designing a new car can be a slow process.2be slow to do something disapproving to not do something immediatelyThe city has been slow to follow through on many of the budget cuts it promised.3COMMERCEif business or trade is slow, there are not many customers or not many things are soldManufacturers say that business remains slow.Monday is usually the slowest day of the week. —slowly adverbDisposable income grew slowly.Originslow1Old Englishslaw