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adjective slow pronunciation in American English /sloʊ/
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  1. 1
    a slow movement or action does not happen fast

    a long slow walk to the top of the hill

    A slow smile spread across her face.

    1. a.
      used for describing something that is moving or that moves in this way

      Most large trucks are slow and difficult to drive.

      painfully slow (=very slow):

      Traffic was painfully slow today on the way home.

  2. 2
    taking a long time

    Selecting the best candidate is a slow process.

    painfully slow (=very slow):

    Progress has been painfully slow.

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone or something is not fast enough

      I need a new laptop – this one’s really slow.

      slow to do something:

      My boss is always slow to tell us about changes in the schedule.

      slow in/about doing something:

      They’re usually pretty slow in returning my phone calls.

  3. 4
    not busy, exciting, or full of activity

    The first part of the movie is very slow.

    The weeks after Christmas are usually fairly slow in most stores.

  4. 9
    a slow oven is operating at a very low temperature

    Add the nuts and cook in a very slow oven for 2 hours.

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