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Definition of slowly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

slowly

 adverb
adverb
NAmE//ˈsloʊli//
 
 
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  •  at a slow speed; not quickly to move slowly Please could you speak more slowly? The boat chugged slowly along. He found that life moved slowly in the countryside. Don't rush into a decision.Take it slowly. Slowly things began to improve. Which Word?slow / slowly Slowly is the usual adverb from the adjective slow. Slow is sometimes used as an adverb in informal language, on road signs, etc. It can also be used to form compounds:Slow. Major road ahead. a slow-acting drug They walk very slow. In informal comparisons, both slower and more slowly are used:Can you speak slower/more slowly?In formal language, and especially in writing, slowly is used as the adverb form.
  • Idioms
    slowly but surely
     
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    making slow but definite progress We'll get there slowly but surely.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: slowly