slow ( slower comparative) ( slowest superlative) ( slows 3rd person present) ( slowing present participle) ( slowed past tense & past participle )
1 adj Something that is slow moves, happens, or is done without much speed., (Antonym: fast)
The traffic is heavy and slow..., Electric whisks should be used on a slow speed., ...slow, regular breathing.
slowly adv ADV with v
He spoke slowly and deliberately..., Christian backed slowly away.
She lowered the glass with calculated slowness.
2 adv In informal English, slower is used to mean `at a slower speed' and slowest is used to mean `at the slowest speed'. In non-standard English, slow is used to mean `with little speed'.
ADV after v (Antonym: fast)
I began to walk slower and slower..., We got there by driving slow all the way.
3 adj Something that is slow takes a long time., (Antonym: quick)
The distribution of passports has been a slow process.
slowly adv ADV with v
My resentment of her slowly began to fade.
...the slowness of political and economic progress.
4 adj If someone is slow to do something, they do it after a delay.
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf, ADJ in -ing (Antonym: quick)
The world community has been slow to respond to the crisis...
5 verb If something slows or if you slow it, it starts to move or happen more slowly.
The rate of bombing has slowed considerably... V
She slowed the car and began driving up a narrow road... V n
6 adj Someone who is slow is not very clever and takes a long time to understand things., (Antonym: quick)
He got hit on the head and he's been a bit slow since.
7 adj If you describe a situation, place, or activity as slow, you mean that it is not very exciting.
(=quiet) (Antonym: lively)
The island is too slow for her liking.
8 adj If a clock or watch is slow, it shows a time that is earlier than the correct time.
usu v-link ADJ (Antonym: fast)
slow off the mark
slowly but surely
slow on the uptake
uptake slow down
1 phrasal verb If something slows down or is if something slows it down, it starts to move or happen more slowly.
(=slow up) (Antonym: speed up)
The car slowed down as they passed Customs... V P
There is no cure for the disease, although drugs can slow down its rate of development... V P n (not pron)
Damage to the turbine slowed the work down. V n P
2 phrasal verb If someone slows down or if something slows them down, they become less active.
You will need to slow down for a while... V P
He was still taking some medication which slowed him down. V n P, Also V P n (not pron)
slowdown slow up phrasal verb Slow up means the same as slow down 1. Sales are slowing up... V P The introduction of a new code of criminal procedure has also slowed up the system. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
go-slow ( go-slows plural ) A go-slow is a protest by workers in which they deliberately work slowly in order to cause problems for their employers.
in AM, use slowdown
slow- is used to form words which describe something that happens slowly. comb in adj
He was stuck in a line of slow-moving traffic., ...a slow-burning fuse.
slow lane ( slow lanes plural )
1 n-count On a motorway or freeway, theslow lane is the lane for vehicles which are moving more slowly than the other vehicles.
usu sing, usu the N
2 n-sing If you say that a person, country, or company is in theslow lane, you mean that they are not progressing as fast as other people, countries, or companies in a particular area of activity.
usu the N
Germany was not trying to push Britain into the slow lane...
slow motion , slow-motion
When film or television pictures are shown inslow motion, they are shown much more slowly than normal. n-uncount usu in N
It seemed almost as if he were falling in slow motion...
Someone who is slow-witted is slow to understand things. adj