1 : moving or able to lớn move quickly She"s a very fast runner. a fast car See More Examplesa fast pitch maintaining a fast <=quick> pace blazingly/blindingly fastHide

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2 : happening quickly : taking a short amount of time a fast race We"re off to lớn a fast start. See More ExamplesWe"re now experiencing a faster rate of inflation. I"d like lớn take a fast <=(more commonly) quick> look at my records.Hide
c(1) of a timepiece or weighing device : indicating in advance of what is correct Your cloông xã is two minutes fast.
e : acquired with unusually little effort & often by shady or dishonest methods had a keen eye for a fast buck— R. A. Keith
8 : resistant lớn change (as from destructive action or fading) fast dyes —often used in combination sunfastacid-fast bacteria

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quiông chồng, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very cthua in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves fast horses and rapid khổng lồ the movement itself. rapid current swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement. returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness và nimbleness. fleet runners quichồng suggests promptness & the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail và may also suggest unusual velođô thị. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness & often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order

Adjective sầu She"s a very fast runner. We"re off to a fast start. We"re now experiencing a faster rate of inflation. We took the faster route. Adverb The trùm expects this lớn be done this afternoon, so you"d better work fast. He ran as fast as he could. This is fast becoming a national problem. You need lớn act fast to take advantage of this offer. I don"t know what caused the accident. It all happened so fast. She"s a woman who can think fast in a crisis. He"s going khổng lồ have sầu to talk fast lớn get himself out of this mess. The window was stuông xã fast. She held fast khổng lồ her belief in justice. We must st& fast và not surrender! Verb She always fasts on Yom Kippur. Patients must fast for six hours before having the procedure.
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First Known Use of fast


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fast

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English, from Old English fæst; akin lớn Old High German festi firm, Old Norse fastr, Armenian hast

Verb và Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English fæstan

Noun (2)

alteration of Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr rope, mooring cable, from fastr firm