2012년 8월 31일 금요일

Dic: slow to do sth, slow in doing sth


■ 4[ADJ] v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf, ADJ in -ing △If someone is slow to do something, they do it after a delay.(≠ quick)

  • The world community has been slow to respond to the crisis...

■ [with delay] hesitating to do something or not doing something immediately.
  • <slow to do something> She wasn't slow to realize what was going on.
  • <slow in doing something> His poetry was slow in achieving recognition.
  • <slow doing something> They were very slow paying me.

■ [TAKING TOO LONG] △taking too long (≠ fast)
  • Taylor was concerned at the slow progress of the investigations.
  • The legal system can be painfully slow (=much too slow) .
  • <slow to do sth> The wound was slow to heal.

■ [WITH DELAY] [not before noun] △if you are slow to do something, you do not do it as soon as you can or should.

<slow to do sth>
  • Farmers have been slow to exploit this market.
  • Their attitude was slow to change.
<slow in doing sth>
  • He has been slow in announcing the name of his successor.
  • New ideas have been slow in coming.

.....  COBUILD, OALD, LDOCE

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