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Pronunciation: /sləʊ/

Translation of slow in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1 [tempo/rate/reactions] lento 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 o (British English/inglés británico) puncture pierde aire to be slow to + infinitive/infinitivo tardar en + infinitive/infinitivo 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 mark1 1 4 2
    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) [novel/plot] lento business is slow no hay mucho movimiento (en el negocio) life here is very slow el ritmo de vida aquí es muy lento 2.2 (stupid) [euphemistic/eufemístico] poco despierto [euphemistic/eufemístico], corto (de entendederas) [colloquial/familiar]
    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.
    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.
  • 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/Deporte] [surface/pitch] lento
    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/verbo intransitivo

  • 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

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 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


  • lentamente, despacio my watch runs slow mi reloj (se) atrasa slow! despacio 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 English/inglés británico) trabajar a reglamento, hacer* huelga de celo (Spain/España) , hacer* una operación tortuga (Colombia)

Phrasal verbs

slow down

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (go more slowly) [walker/runner] aflojar el paso, aminorar la marcha; [vehicle/driver] reducir* la velocidad; [speaker] 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/familiar] tomarse las cosas con más calma 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [process] hacer* más lento, ralentizar*, enlentecer* the weight he is carrying slows him down el peso que lleva lo hace ir más lento 2.2 [vehicle/engine] reducir* la velocidad de

slow up

slow down

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