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verb slot pronunciation in British English /slɒt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleslotting
past tenseslotted
past participleslotted

phrasal verbs

slot in

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyslot in
he/she/itslots in
present participleslotting in
past tenseslotted in
past participleslotted in
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to fit into a narrow space, or to fit something into a narrow space

    The last tile slotted in neatly.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to arrange a time for someone or something between other things that you have to do

    We could slot you in just before our ten o’clock meeting.

slot into

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyslot into
he/she/itslots into
present participleslotting into
past tenseslotted into
past participleslotted into
  1. 1
    slot (something) into something to fit something into a narrow space, or to fit into a narrow space

    She slotted the DVD into the player.

slot together

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyslot together
he/she/itslots together
present participleslotting together
past tenseslotted together
past participleslotted together
to fit together exactly, or to fit things together exactly

They slot together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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