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English adjective: slow

1. slow not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time


SamplesA slow walker.
The slow lane of traffic.
Her steps were slow.
He was slow in reacting to the news.
Slow but steady growth.


Similarbumper-to-bumper, dilatory, drawn-out, laggard, lazy, long-play, long-playing, pokey, poky, slow-moving, sluggish, sulky


See alsogradual, unhurried


Attributefastness, speed, swiftness


Antonymsfast

2. slow at a slow tempo


SamplesThe band played a slow waltz.


Similaradagio, andante, larghetto, larghissimo, largo, lentissimo, lento, moderato


Domain categorymusic


Antonymsfast

3. slow slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity


SamplesSo 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.


Synonymsdense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse


Similarstupid


Antonymssmart

4. slow (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time


SamplesThe clock is slow.


Antonymsfast

5. slow so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsboring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome


Similaruninteresting


Antonymsinteresting

6. slow (of business) not active or brisk


SamplesBusiness is dull (or slow).
A sluggish market.


Synonymsdull, sluggish


Similarinactive


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise


Antonymsactive


English adverb: slow

1. slow without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')


SamplesHe spoke slowly.
Go easy here--the road is slippery.
Glaciers move tardily.
Please go slow so I can see the sights.


Synonymseasy, slowly, tardily


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsapace, chop-chop, quickly, rapidly, speedily

2. slow of timepieces


SamplesThe clock is almost an hour slow.
My watch is running behind.


Synonymsbehind


English verb: slow

1. slow (change) lose velocity; move more slowly


SamplesThe car decelerated.


Synonymsdecelerate, retard, slow down, slow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Narrower (hyponym)delay, detain, hold up, slow, slow down, slow up


Antonymsaccelerate, quicken, speed up, speed

2. slow (change) become slow or slower


SamplesProduction slowed.


Synonymsslack, slacken, slow down, slow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken

3. slow (change) cause to proceed more slowly


SamplesThe illness slowed him down.


Synonymsslow down, slow up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up


Narrower (hyponym)bog, bog down, clog, constipate









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