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verb pace pronunciation in British English /peɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepacing
past tensepaced
past participlepaced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to walk with regular steps around a small area, because you are worried, nervous, or impatient
    pace up and down:

    He paced up and down between the kitchen and the living-room.

    pace about/around:

    She was pacing restlessly around the room as she talked.

    pace the room/floor:

    I paced the room, my anxiety increasing.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to establish a speed for another runner in a race
  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make the story in a book, film etc develop in a particular way

    His films were always paced so as to create maximum suspense.

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