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slow - Dictionary definition and meaning for word slow

(verb) lose velocity; move more slowly
Synonyms : decelerate , retard , slow down , slow up
Example Sentence
  • The car decelerated

(verb) become slow or slower
Synonyms : slack , slacken , slow down , slow up
Example Sentence
  • Production slowed

(verb) cause to proceed more slowly
Synonyms : slow down , slow up
Example Sentence
  • The illness slowed him down

(adj) not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
Example Sentence
  • a slow walker
  • the slow lane of traffic
  • her steps were slow
  • he was slow in reacting to the news
  • slow but steady growth

(adj) at a slow tempo
Example Sentence
  • the band played a slow waltz

(adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms : dense , dim , dull , dumb , obtuse
Example Sentence
  • so dense he never understands anything I say to him
  • never met anyone quite so dim
  • although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
  • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
  • worked with the slow students

(adj) (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time
Example Sentence
  • the clock is slow

(adj) so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
Example Sentence
  • a boring evening with uninteresting people
  • the deadening effect of some routine tasks
  • a dull play
  • his competent but dull performance
  • a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
  • what an irksome task the writing of long letters is
  • tedious days on the train
  • the tiresome chirping of a cricket
  • other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome

(adj) (of business) not active or brisk
Synonyms : dull , sluggish
Example Sentence
  • business is dull (or slow)
  • a sluggish market

(adv) without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
Synonyms : easy , slowly , tardily
Example Sentence
  • he spoke slowly
  • go easy here--the road is slippery
  • glaciers move tardily
  • please go slow so I can see the sights

(adv) of timepieces
Synonyms : behind
Example Sentence
  • the clock is almost an hour slow
  • my watch is running behind

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