slow

Slow things don't move fast, but take a while to get where they're going or do what they're doing. Traveling on a slow train might be fun, but you'll get to California faster on a plane.

If it takes you a long time to finish a book, you're a slow reader, and if it takes years to become fluent in a foreign language, you can call it a slow process. Slow music is relaxing, with a leisurely beat. Sometimes slow means "boring or dull," like a slow movie plot, or "running behind," like the slow clock on the wall in your math class. As a verb, slow means "to reduce speed or intensity."

Definitions of slow
  1. adjective
    not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
    “a slow walker”
    “the slow lane of traffic”
    “her steps were slow
    “he was slow in reacting to the news”
    slow but steady growth”
    Synonyms:
    bumper-to-bumper
    used of traffic
    dilatory, laggard, pokey, poky
    wasting time
    drawn-out
    (used of speech) uttered slowly with prolonged vowels
    lazy
    moving slowly and gently
    long-play, long-playing
    (used of records) playing at a slower speed and for a longer time than earlier records
    slow-moving
    moving slowly
    sluggish, sulky
    moving slowly
    gradual
    proceeding in small stages
    unhurried
    relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste
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    fast
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
    accelerated
    speeded up, as of an academic course
    alacritous
    quick and eager
    blistering, hot, red-hot
    very fast; capable of quick response and great speed
    double-quick
    (of a marching cadence) very quick
    express
    without unnecessary stops
    fast-breaking
    occurring rapidly as a series of events in rapid succession
    fast-paced
    of communication that proceeds rapidly
    fleet, swift
    moving very fast
    high-speed, high-velocity
    operating at high speed
    hurrying, scurrying
    moving with great haste
    immediate, prompt, quick, straightaway
    performed with little or no delay
    instant, instantaneous
    occurring with no delay
    meteoric
    like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience
    quick, speedy
    accomplished rapidly and without delay
    rapid
    done or occurring in a brief period of time
    rapid, speedy
    characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
    smart
    quick and brisk
    winged
    very fast; as if with wings
    windy
    resembling the wind in speed, force, or variability
    sudden
    happening without warning or in a short space of time
    hurried
    moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
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  2. adjective
    at a slow tempo
    “the band played a slow waltz”
    Synonyms:
    adagio
    (of tempo) leisurely
    andante
    (of tempo) moderately slow
    lento
    (of tempo) slow
    lentissimo
    (of tempo) very slow
    largo
    very slow in tempo and broad in manner
    larghetto
    (of tempo) less slow and broad than largo
    larghissimo
    (of tempo) as slow and broad as possible
    moderato
    (of tempo) moderate
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    fast
    at a rapid tempo
    allegro
    (of tempo) fast
    allegretto
    (of tempo) faster than allegro
    andantino
    (of tempo) moderately fast
    presto
    (of tempo) very fast
    prestissimo
    (of tempo) as fast as possible
    vivace
    (of tempo) very fast and lively
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  3. adjective
    (of business) not active or brisk
    synonyms: dull, sluggish
    inactive
    lacking activity; lying idle or unused
  4. adverb
    without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
    “please go slow so I can see the sights”
    synonyms: easy, slowly, tardily
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    apace, chop-chop, quickly, rapidly, speedily
    with rapid movements
  5. verb
    become slow or slower
    “Production slowed
    synonyms: slack, slacken, slow down, slow up
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    weaken
    become weaker
  6. verb
    lose velocity; move more slowly
    synonyms: decelerate, retard, slow down, slow up
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    Antonyms:
    accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
    move faster
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    slow down, slow up
    cause to proceed more slowly
    delay, detain, hold up
    cause to be slowed down or delayed
    bog, bog down
    cause to slow down or get stuck
    clog, constipate
    impede with a clog or as if with a clog
    stonewall
    engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate
    catch
    delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
    stall
    deliberately delay an event or action
    buy time
    act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
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    decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
    decrease in size, extent, or range
  7. verb
    cause to proceed more slowly
    “The illness slowed him down”
    synonyms: slow down, slow up
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    bog, bog down
    cause to slow down or get stuck
    clog, constipate
    impede with a clog or as if with a clog
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    decelerate, retard, slow down, slow up
    lose velocity; move more slowly
  8. adjective
    (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time
    “the clock is slow
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    Antonyms:
    fast
    (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time
  9. adverb
    of timepieces
    “the clock is almost an hour slow
    synonyms: behind
  10. adjective
    so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    synonyms: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome
    uninteresting
    arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement
  11. adjective
    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    “worked with the slow students”
    synonyms: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse
    stupid
    lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
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