slow Definition

  • 1moving or operating, or designed to do so, only at a low speed; not quick or fast
  • 2taking a long time to happen or be done
  • 3not clever or quick in understanding; dull

Using slow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "slow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The traffic was moving very slow due to the accident.

  • Example

    He is a slow learner and needs extra help.

  • Example

    The company's growth has been slow but steady.

  • Example

    She spoke in a slow and deliberate manner.

  • Example

    The computer is running slow today.

slow Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with slow

  • reduce the speed or pace of something


    You need to slow down and take your time while driving.

  • perseverance and consistency are more important than speed


    I know it's taking longer than expected, but remember that slow and steady wins the race.

  • slow to understand or comprehend something


    He's a bit slow on the uptake, so you might need to explain it to him again.

Origins of slow

from Old English 'slaw', meaning 'inactive, sluggish'


Summary: slow in Brief

The term 'slow' [sloʊ] refers to a lack of speed or quickness, whether in movement, progress, or understanding. It can describe physical objects like traffic or computers, as well as people's cognitive abilities. Common phrases include 'slow down,' 'slow and steady wins the race,' and 'slow on the uptake.'

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