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noun     pace pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the speed at which something happens or is done
    the pace of something:

    The pace of technological change increased steadily during the 20th century.

    the pace of life:

    The pace of life in the village is slow and easy.

    at your own pace (=as slowly or quickly as you like):

    The course allows students to progress at their own pace.

  2. 2
    [countable] a step that you take when you walk or run
    take a pace:

    Charlie took a pace backwards.

    I took a few paces towards her.

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    1. a.
      a unit for measuring distance based on the length of a single step when you walk

      Twenty paces or so beyond the shed, the road twisted out of sight.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the ability to run quickly

    a player with pace as well as skill

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [singular] the speed at which you move
      slow/quicken your pace:

      He slowed his pace to observe where Jerome went.

      at a leisurely/brisk pace:

      We proceeded at a leisurely pace down the corridor.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] an exciting quality that something such as a book or film has, because of the quick and interesting way in which the story develops

    Her plays lack the pace and tension of her thrillers.

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