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."

Primary Meanings of slow

1.
adjadvv
not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
become slow or slower
2.
adjadv
(used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time
of timepieces
3.
adj
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
4.
adj
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Full Definitions of slow
1

adj 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
Antonyms:
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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adj 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
Antonyms:
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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adj (of business) not active or brisk

Synonyms:
dull, sluggish
inactive
lacking activity; lying idle or unused

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

“please go slow so I can see the sights”
Synonyms:
easy, slowly, tardily
Antonyms:
apace, chop-chop, quickly, rapidly, speedily
with rapid movements

v become slow or slower

“Production slowed
Synonyms:
slack, slacken, slow down, slow up
Type of:
weaken
become weaker

v lose velocity; move more slowly

Synonyms:
decelerate, retard, slow down, slow up
Antonyms:
accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
move faster
Types:
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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
Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

v cause to proceed more slowly

“The illness slowed him down”
Synonyms:
slow down, slow up
Types:
bog, bog down
cause to slow down or get stuck
clog, constipate
impede with a clog or as if with a clog
Type of:
decelerate, retard, slow down, slow up
lose velocity; move more slowly
2

adj (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time

“the clock is slow
Antonyms:
fast
(used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time

adv of timepieces

“the clock is almost an hour slow
Synonyms:
behind
3

adj 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
4

adj 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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