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"slide" in American English

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 us   /slɑɪd/ (past tense and past participle slid  /slɪd/ )
  • slide verb (MOVE EASILY)

to ​cause something to move ​easily over a ​surface, or to move in this way: [I] My ​mother slid into the ​carseat next to me. [T] He slid his ​hand into his back ​pocket.
  • slide verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to go into a ​worsestate, often through ​lack of ​control or ​care: The ​stockmarketcrashed in ​October 1929 and the ​nation slid into a ​depression.


 us   /slɑɪd/
  • slide noun (PHOTOGRAPH)

[C] a ​smallpiece of ​film in a ​frame which, when ​light is ​passed through it, ​shows a ​photograph on a ​screen: The ​arthistoryprofessorshowed us slides of the Parthenon today.
science [C] In ​scientificstudy, a slide is a ​smallpiece of ​glass on which you put something in ​order to ​look at it through a ​microscope (= ​device that makes ​smallobjectslooklarger) and ​seeitsstructure.
  • slide noun (WORSE STATE)

[C usually sing] a ​movement into a ​worsestate, often through ​lack of ​control or ​care: He ​felt he was on a ​downward slide in which nothing was going ​right in his ​life.
  • slide noun (STRUCTURE FOR PLAY)

[C] a ​structure used by ​children in ​theirplay that has a ​smooth, ​slopingside which ​lets them move down ​quickly from the ​top to the ​ground
(Definition of slide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slide" in British English

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uk   /slaɪd/  us   /slaɪd/ (slid, slid)
  • slide verb (MOVE)

B2 [I or T] to (​cause to) ​moveeasily and without ​interruption over a ​surface: When I was little I used to like sliding on the ​polishedfloor in my ​socks. We have one of those ​doors in the ​kitchen that slides ​open. He slid the ​letter into his ​pocket while no one was ​looking. sliding doors

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  • slide verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to go into a ​worsestate, often through ​lack of ​control or ​care: The ​dollar slid against other ​majorcurrencies. Car ​exports slid by 40 ​percent this ​year. He was ​improving for a while, but I ​think he's sliding back into his ​oldhabits. I was doing really well with my ​diet, but I've let it slide (= not ​tried so hard)recently.
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uk   /slaɪd/  us   /slaɪd/
  • slide noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] a ​suddenmovement of a ​largemass of ​mud (= ​wetearth) or ​rock down a ​hill: a mud/​rock slide
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[C] a ​structure for ​children to ​play on which has a ​slope for them to slide down and usually a set of ​stepsleading up to the ​slope
a ​part that ​moveseasilybackwards and ​forwards on an ​instrument or ​machine: the slide on a ​trombone
(Definition of slide from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slide" in Business English

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slideverb [I]

uk   us   /slaɪd/ (slid, slid)
ECONOMICS, FINANCE to become worse, ​lower, or less in ​value, especially gradually: Economists ​predict that ​houseprices will continue to slide in most ​areas. Manufacturing ​employment has slid for seven months in Minnesota.slide (from sth) to sth The nation's ​unemploymentrate slid to less than 5% last month.slide into sth The ​economy was sliding into ​deepcrisis. Returns from Government ​bonds also slid ​sharply from 6.3% last ​year to 4.5% this ​year.

slidenoun [C]

uk   us   /slaɪd/
ECONOMICS, FINANCE the ​process of becoming worse, ​lower, or less: Several ​ministersexpressed their worry at the euro's slide.a slide in sth The last few months have seen a ​sharp slide in ​voterconfidence.a slide of sth The corporation's ​sharesended the day at 509p, a slide of 13p. adownward/​sharp/​steady slidehalt/stop/reverse a slide The French ​centralbank yesterday ​succeeded in ​reversing the slide in the franc.
MARKETING one of a ​series of ​computerscreens of ​information shown in a presentation: The ​final slide showed two ​graphs.
(Definition of slide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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