slowly Definition

  • 1at a slow speed; not quickly
  • 2in a way that takes a long time to happen or develop

Using slowly: Examples

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

  • Example

    She walked slowly down the street.

  • Example

    The economy is slowly recovering from the recession.

  • Example

    He spoke slowly and clearly so that everyone could understand him.

slowly Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for slowly

Phrases with slowly

  • in a slow but steady way, without stopping or changing direction


    We're making progress on the project, slowly but surely.

  • to do something at a relaxed pace, without rushing


    Let's take it slow and enjoy our vacation.

  • a proverb that means consistent and persistent effort will eventually bring success


    I may not be the fastest runner, but slow and steady wins the race.


Summary: slowly in Brief

The adverb 'slowly' [ˈsləʊli] describes an action or process that is not happening quickly. It can refer to physical movement, as in 'She walked slowly down the street,' or to a gradual development, as in 'The economy is slowly recovering from the recession.' The phrase 'slowly but surely' emphasizes the importance of steady progress, while 'take it slow' suggests a relaxed pace. 'Slow and steady wins the race' is a proverb that highlights the value of consistent effort.

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