Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

slash - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb slash pronunciation in American English /slæʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleslashing
past tenseslashed
past participleslashed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to cut someone or something in a violent way

    The tires on the car had been slashed.

    His attacker slashed him across the face with a knife.

    slash through:

    The rotors slashed through the roof of the building.

    They slashed through the undergrowth with machetes.

  2. 2
    [transitive] mainly journalism to reduce something by a large amount

    Congress voted to slash funds for several domestic programs.

    The company has slashed production by 50%.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to try to cut someone or something in a violent way
    slash at:

    The man leaped forward and slashed at his neck.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play