- 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a horizontal surface) to be at an angle so that it is higher at one end than the other The garden slopes away towards the river. The path sloped gently down. sloping shoulders
- 2 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of something vertical) to be at an angle rather than being straight or vertical His handwriting slopes backwards. It was a very old house with sloping walls.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English, informal) to go somewhere quietly, especially in order to avoid something/somebody synonym slink They got bored waiting for him and sloped off. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): from the obsolete adverb slope, a shortening of aslope. The use of the verb in sense 3 may be related to lope.Extra examples The field slopes down to a small river. The ground slopes away steeply at the back of the house. The garage is rectangular with a sloping roof.
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BrE BrE//sləʊp//; NAmE NAmE//sloʊp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slope
BrE BrE//sləʊp//; NAmE NAmE//sloʊp//he / she / it slopes
BrE BrE//sləʊps//; NAmE NAmE//sloʊps//past simple sloped
BrE BrE//sləʊpt//; NAmE NAmE//sloʊpt//past participle sloped
BrE BrE//sləʊpt//; NAmE NAmE//sloʊpt//-ing form sloping
BrE BrE//ˈsləʊpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsloʊpɪŋ//