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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


2. slow at a slow tempo

SamplesThe band played a slow waltz.

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

Domain categorymusic


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



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

SamplesThe clock is slow.


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



6. slow (of business) not active or brisk

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

Synonymsdull, sluggish


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise


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.


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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