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verb slide pronunciation in American English /slaɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesliding
past tenseslid
past participleslid
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move smoothly and quickly across a surface
    The doors slid open.
    slide over/across/off etc.: The kids love to slide down this hill on their sleds.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something move smoothly and quickly across a surface
      slide something over/across/along etc. something: She slid a tray along the counter.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move quickly without anyone noticing you
    slide into/out etc.: I think they slid out the back door a minute ago.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move or put something somewhere quickly without anyone noticing
      slide something out of/into etc. something: Ken slid the letter into his pocket.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to gradually be in a worse situation than before
    slide into: The company slid further into debt last year.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to become smaller in amount
    Profits have been sliding over the last few years.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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