Definition of slowdown in US English:

slowdown

noun

  • 1An act of slowing down.

    ‘a traffic slowdown in the passing lane’
    • ‘As a consequence, expect a slowdown in posting for a while, unless Seldo picks up the slack.’
    • ‘That traffic slowdowns travel in waves is nothing new.’
    • ‘It can ill afford to suffer any more travel related slowdowns.’
    • ‘Sungkar added that the slowdown in tourism in Batam had made a negative impact on the island's economy.’
    • ‘Experts are most concerned about the slowdown in bookings by tourists from overseas and around Britain.’
    • ‘I don't know how many times I've avoided harsh braking or slowdowns in the left lane because I've been cruising by in the right.’
    • ‘It does mean that as the volume of data over the internet soars, filters cause a general slowdown.’
    • ‘But the basics of traffic flow have been mapped out and the intricacies that contribute to slowdowns are being worked out.’
    • ‘The problem, however, is that much sharper traffic slowdowns can come as if out of the blue.’
    • ‘If animal experimentation were stopped, the slowdown in medical research would be real and the cost would be high.’
    • ‘The most common cause of computer slowdowns is a lack of free space on the hard drive.’
    • ‘Over the last ten years, the number of Internet hosts has grown at an accelerated rate; slowdowns and traffic jams are plaguing the information superhighway.’
    • ‘Now even the strong global economy which 10 years ago promised to save the planet is stuttering to a slowdown.’
    • ‘Absolutely no changes have been made to them, right down to preserving the bugs and slowdowns.’
    • ‘The latest virus has swept the world, and is now responsible for numerous e-mail slowdowns and other weirdness.’
    • ‘All of us are concerned about the slowdown in development of infrastructure.’
    • ‘Over the weekend about 200 trucks were involved in traffic slowdowns across the city, while picket lines have been set up at numerous transport centers as well as at the 40 companies involved in the dispute.’
    • ‘China's internet users are suffering sharp slowdowns in access because of heightened efforts to police online content, industry experts say.’
    • ‘Probably this time, a great slowdown on anything that smells of neoliberalism.’
    • ‘Fogged-up windscreens should result in a major slowdown by a driver.’
    1. 1.1 A decline in economic activity.
      • ‘The slowdown thus far is modest, managing only to stem the rate of increase.’
      • ‘Wong expects to see a slowdown in the second quarter, as the market enters into a consolidation period.’
      • ‘However, the group is anticipating an expected slowdown in continental Europe.’
      • ‘This time last year fears abounded of a slowdown in global growth.’
      • ‘You know, all previous slowdowns, we were in true deficits, counting all the dollars the government takes in.’
      • ‘The overall billings of most agencies have increased rather than decreased after the slowdown.’
      • ‘There has been a world slowdown in demand, excess production capacity and falling sales prices.’
      • ‘There had been growth of five percent of GDP for four years, in spite of the worldwide slowdown.’
      • ‘So what is it that is largely responsible for the slowdown in the UK?’
      • ‘We are seeing some project delays and slowdowns, primarily in smaller companies.’
      • ‘In the past during global slowdowns, Britain has come off worst, he said.’
      • ‘The slowest ships have been the record companies, who have suffered significant slowdowns in sales over the last few years.’
      • ‘Wellington has experienced a 5% drop in median prices, with certain sectors in the Wellington market experiencing slowdowns in sales as well as price drops.’
      • ‘Although the owner-occupier markets in the cities are still strong, there have been dramatic slowdowns in the buy-to-let sector.’
      • ‘At the same time, in anticipation of a slowdown, businesses retrench and through their actions they produce one.’
      • ‘If as expected interest rates stay stable over the next couple of years there will be an inevitable slowdown in the housing market.’
      • ‘Confirmation that the German slowdown is impacting on the labour market quickly followed.’
      • ‘The tight fiscal situation will severely restrict how much action the government can take to counteract a slowdown.’
      • ‘As long as disposable income grows and house prices don't fall in absolute terms, this should be an orderly slowdown.’
      • ‘He also issued a vague threat regarding trade slowdowns.’
      • ‘John Fogarty doesn't see a slowdown in the demand for housing on the horizon.’
      • ‘In such years, slowdowns in some countries were offset by growth in others.’
      • ‘That's not to say that Chinese companies have not taken a battering because of the global slowdown.’
      • ‘This suggests that the consumer and housing slowdowns reflected more than just the vagaries of the summer weather.’
      • ‘The Executive blamed the US slowdown and the shake-out in global electronics.’
      • ‘By contrast, when a country handles its slowdowns with shorter workweeks, as soon as demand picks up, employees begin returning to full work schedules.’
      • ‘Hotels are preparing not only for business slowdowns but for travelers who want to stay as healthy as possible.’
      • ‘Estimates differ of the magnitude of the slowdown in the second half of 2004 and in the year as whole.’
      • ‘Mr Power said the significant slowdown in the rate of increase in prices is good news for the Irish economy.’
      recession, slump, decline, downturn, standstill
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Pronunciation

slowdown

/ˈslōˌdoun//ˈsloʊˌdaʊn/