[ sloh-doun ]
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  1. a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.

  2. a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.

  1. Sports. a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.

Origin of slowdown

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down

Other words for slowdown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slowdown in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slowdown


/ (ˈsləʊˌdaʊn) /

  1. the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow

  2. any slackening of pace

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Other Idioms and Phrases with slowdown


Delay, retard, reduce speed, as in She slowed down the sled by dragging her foot, or Slow down, Bill; you're driving much too fast. [First half of 1800s] Also see slow up.

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