- slate verb.There is an important difference between its meanings on the two sides of the Atlantic. In BrE it means ‘to criticize severely’, whereas in AmE it usually means ‘to nominate’ or ‘to designate or schedule’ (as in slating a meeting). The context will normally clarify which sense is meant, but care is needed in interpreting newspaper headlines such as Summit meeting slated.
Modern English usage. 2014.