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American English: /sloʊ/
British English: /sləʊ/

Translation of slow in Spanish:

adjective slower, slowest

  • 1
    it's slow work stripping furniture
    quitarles la pintura a los muebles lleva mucho tiempo
    she's a slow learner
    tiene problemas de aprendizaje
    le cuesta aprender
    oak trees are very slow growers
    los robles crecen muy despacio
    I'm a slow reader
    leo despacio
    he's slow, but he gets the job done
    es lento or trabaja despacio, pero termina las cosas
    in a slow oven
    en horno tibio
    a slow poison
    un veneno de efecto retardado or que tarda en hacer efecto
    it has a slow leak or (British) puncture
    pierde aire
    to be slow to + infinitive
    tardar en + infinitive
    the authorities were slow to react
    las autoridades tardaron en reaccionar
    she wasn't slow to point out the defects
    no tardó en encontrarle defectos
    he was slow to anger
    tenía mucha paciencia
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    Example sentences
    • It made short quick movements then proceeded at a 90 degrees from the original movement at a slow speed.
    • The end repeats the design so far - slow followed by fast - in more concentrated form.
    • The days are just moving so fast and slow at the same time, it's difficult to keep track.
  • 2 2.1 (not lively)
    business is slow
    no hay mucho movimiento (en el negocio)
    life here is very slow
    el ritmo de vida aquí es muy lento
    Example sentences
    • I recognise that this has been a rather slow and dull debate to this point.
    • Yeah, it has been a rather slow, boring kind of day, why do you ask?
    • Her right foot moved first, then her left, alternating in a rather boring and slow way.
    2.2 (stupid) [euphemistic]
    poco despierto [euphemistic]
    Example sentences
    • Our human minds are slow to understand the awful wickedness of idol worship.
    • Siobhan and her husband Eamonn, from Montenotte in Cork, realised something was wrong when their toddler was slow to learn to speak.
    • This could mean that in intellectual exercises the child may be ahead, but in learning to ride a bike, for instance, slow to learn such a skill.
  • 3 (of clock, watch) the kitchen clock is slow
    el reloj de la cocina (se) atrasa or está atrasado
    my watch is five minutes slow
    mi reloj está cinco minutos atrasado
  • 4 (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • The first half of the Twentieth Century was a time of tremendous change; the last half was a time of fast food and slow travel.
    • And if you are in the slow lane and too fast then again that is your own fault and you should move up a lane, dependent on how crowded other lanes are.
    • The fast-lane campaign works on a similar principle to fast and slow lanes in swimming pools.
    Example sentences
    • It was kind of a slow field and was getting a little bogged down at the end.
    • She has shown aptitude on fast and slow ground, is trained by a very able handler who thinks plenty of her and possibly has plenty more to come.
    • For years and years the Australian turf in good weather has been all against the rising fast ball and slow bowler's spin.

intransitive verb

  • growth/inflation has slowed considerably
    el ritmo de crecimiento/el índice de inflación ha disminuido considerablemente
    the train slowed to a stop
    el tren fue disminuyendo la velocidad hasta detenerse
    Example sentences
    • The police car then slows to a halt, forcing the errant vehicle to slow with it.
    • I knocked it out and jumped out as the vehicle was slowing in traffic.
    • Marianne remembers the train slowing and the cattle doors being slung open.

transitive verb

  • we slowed our pace to allow them to catch up
    aflojamos el paso or aminoramos la marcha para que pudieran alcanzarnos
    bad weather slowed their progress
    el mal tiempo los retrasó
    alcohol slows your reactions
    el alcohol entorpece sus reflejos


  • my watch runs slow
    mi reloj (se) atrasa
    slow! nice and slow
    despacio y con cuidado
    to go slow (driver/walker)
    avanzar lentamente
    ir despacio
    (take things easy) tomarse las cosas con calma
    (workers) (British)
    trabajar a reglamento
    hacer huelga de celo (Spain)
    hacer una operación tortuga (Colombia)
    Example sentences
    • Traffic was slow-paced with incidences of minor accidents.
    • The day starts slow paced and builds momentum steadily.
    • Mexico said that the great delays that had arisen in this matter were the result of the slow-paced justice in the courts.

Phrasal verbs

slow down

1verb + adverb 1.1 (go more slowly)
aflojar el paso
aminorar la marcha
reducir la velocidad
hablar más despacio
she's slowing down as she gets older
se está haciendo más lenta a medida que envejece
1.2 (be less active) [colloquial]
tomarse las cosas con más calma
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
hacer más lento
the weight he is carrying slows him down
el peso que lleva lo hace ir más lento
reducir la velocidad de

slow up

slow down
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