1 : moving or able to 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 lượt thích to 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 clock is two minutes fast.
e : acquired with unusually little effort và often by shady or dishonest methods had a keen eye for a fast buck— R. A. Keith
8 : resistant lớn change (as from destructive kích hoạt or fading) fast dyes —often used in combination sunfastacid-fast bacteria

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fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. Fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly khổng lồ the thing that moves fast horses & 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 quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail & may also suggest unusual velocity. Hasty suggests hurry và precipitousness và often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order

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Adjective She"s a very fast runner. We"re off to lớn a fast start. We"re now experiencing a faster rate of inflation. We took the faster route. Adverb The quái dị 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 to lớn act fast khổng lồ 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 to lớn talk fast to lớn get himself out of this mess. The window was stuck fast. She held fast to lớn her belief in justice. We must stand 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 & 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

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The first known use of fast was before the 12th century

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