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adjective slow pronunciation in British English /sləʊ/
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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 lorries are slow and difficult to drive.
  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. 3
    not intelligent, so that you need a lot of time to understand simple things
    My teachers thought I was a slow learner.
    Adrian is a bit slow.
  4. 4
    not busy, exciting, or full of activity
    The first part of the film is very slow.
    The weeks after Christmas are usually fairly slow in most shops.
  5. 7
    a slow oven is operating at a very low temperature
    Cook in a very slow oven for 2 hours.


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