fast - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    able to move quickly

    Simon loves fast cars.

    a chance for runners to show how fast they are

    1. a.
      done quickly

      It was quite a fast journey.

      a fast drive/run

      a fast pace/tempo/speed:

      We were expected to work at a fast pace.

    2. c.
      a fast road is one on which you can drive quickly
    3. d.
      doing or able to do something quickly
      a fast reader/learner:

      I’m usually quite a fast learner.

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  2. 2
    exciting, with a lot of different things happening in a short time

    The pace of the game was fast.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] a fast way of life is one in which you travel a lot, meet a lot of people, and do a lot of exciting things
  3. 3
    [not usually before noun] if a clock is fast, it shows a time that is later than the correct time

    My watch is a few minutes fast.

  4. 4
    [only before noun] a fast film is one that you use to take photographs of something that is moving quickly, or that you use when there is not very much light
  5. 5
    colours that are fast will not become paler when clothes are washed
  6. 6
    [only before noun] old-fashioned a fast woman is one who has sexual relationships with a lot of different people
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