- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to move easily over a smooth or wet surface; to make something move in this way (+ adv./prep.) We slid down the grassy slope. The drawers slide in and out easily. slide something + adv./prep. She slid her hand along the rail. You can slide the front seats forward if necessary. slide (something) + adj. The automatic doors slid open.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to move quickly and quietly, for example in order not to be noticed; to make something move in this way synonym slip + adv./prep. He slid into bed. She slid out while no one was looking. slide something + adv./prep. The man slid the money quickly into his pocket. He slid a shy look at Claire. become lower/worse
- 3[intransitive] slide (from…) (to…) to become gradually lower or of less value Shares slid to a 10-year low.
- 4[intransitive] slide (down/into/towards something) to move gradually into a worse situation The industry has slid into decline. They were sliding towards bankruptcy. He got depressed and began to let things slide (= failed to give things the attention they needed). Word Origin Old English slīdan (verb); related to sled and sledge. The noun, first in the sense ‘act of sliding’, is recorded from the late 16th cent.Extra examples He slid off the couch and walked over to me. She took the note and slid it quickly into her pocket. Tears slid slowly down his pale cheek. The Hong Kong economy was sliding into recession. The doors slid open. The economy is sliding rapidly downhill. The eyes slid away from his own in embarrassment. The melting snow began to slide from the sloping roofs. The moon slid silently behind a cloud. We slid helplessly down the slope. a vehicle that will slide smoothly across snow He slipped/slid the money into his pocket. Make sure the drawers can slide in and out easily. The automatic doors slid open as we approached.
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BrE BrE//slaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slide
BrE BrE//slaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪd//he / she / it slides
BrE BrE//slaɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪdz//past simple slid
BrE BrE//slɪd//; NAmE NAmE//slɪd//past participle slid
BrE BrE//slɪd//; NAmE NAmE//slɪd//-ing form sliding
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪdɪŋ//