fastfast1 /fɑːst $ fæst/ ●●●S2W2 adjective1FAST/QUICKmoving quickly moving or able to move quicklya fast carHe’s one of the fastest runners in the world.2in a short timeSHORT TIME doing something or happening in a short timeThe subway is the fastest way to get downtown.The company must give a faster response to clients’ requests.The rain forests are being chopped down at an alarmingly fast rate.I’m a fast learner.3clock [not before noun]TIME/RIGHT OR WRONG TIME a clock that is fast shows a later time than the real timeThat can’t be the time – my watch must be fast.five minutes/an hour etc fastI always keep my watch 15 minutes fast.4 →fast track5 →fast road6 →fast film/lens7colourDHC a colour that is fast will not change when clothes are washed →colourfast8sportsDSFAST/QUICK a fast surface is one on which a ball moves very quickly9 →fast and furious10 →somebody is a fast worker11 →fast talker12woman old-fashionedSY becoming involved quickly in sexualrelationships with menfast cars and fast women13 →fast friends →fast food, fast-forward, fast lane, → make a fast buckat buck1(1), → pull a fast oneat pull1(10)THESAURUSfast moving or able to move quicklyThe cheetah is the fastest animal in the world.a fast carquick moving fast or doing something in a short timeHe was much quicker than I was over the first 100 metres.Do I have time for a quick shower?high-speed [only before noun]designed to travel or operate very quicklya high-speed trainhigh-speed Internet accessrapid especially written happening in a short period of time – used about changes, increases, improvements etca rapid increase in the populationthe rapid expansion of the firm’s business in the Middle Easta rapid decline in profits swift written moving quickly or happening after only a short timeThe horses ran along the track at a swift trot.He received a swift response to his letter.briskquick and energetica brisk walk in the countrysideHis manner was very brisk.speedy [only before noun] happening after only a short timeEveryone wishes you a speedy recovery.a speedy resolution to the problemhurried done more quickly than usual, because you do not have much timeShe ate a hurried breakfast in the cafe before catching her train.We made a hurried departure.hastydeciding or doing something very quickly, especially when this has bad resultsIt was a hasty decision, which he later regretted.Let’s not be too hasty.
fast• At which Stour realised suddenly that he was the one who must act, and fast.• The growth of the plants from tubercles treated in this manner is then very fast.• The tinydeviceshocks the heart into normalrhythm when it beats too fast.• Burglars work fast.• She walked faster and faster, then started to run.• He ran home as fast as he could.• He must complete his mission and leave as fast as possible.• The new fighteraircraftflies almost twice as fast as the old one.• They ran off as fast as their legs would carry them.• Prices aren't rising as fast as they were a year ago.• We're working as fast as we can.• The sparetyre on the back of the Jeep was held fast by three strong bolts.• It felt too fast for me.• a fast-growing community• Don't talk so fast - I can't understand what you're saying.• The front of the boat was stuckfast in the mud.• Don't drive so fast - there's ice on the road.• The car was going pretty fast when it went off the road.as fast as ... legs could carry• I ignored his command and took off after him, racing along as fast as my legs could carry me.fast becoming/disappearing/approaching etc• It takes an intellectually open environment and an entrepreneurial edge to produce the kind of place that Bangalore is fast becoming.• She was, of course, keenly interested in cinema, and her White House filmfestival was fast approaching.• The prospect of censureintensified what, for Galileo, was fast becoming a dilemma.• These historicopportunities are fast disappearing for our community.• The hedge was fast approaching, looking too big, far too big for Buttons to jump on his own.• It's hard to believe, but we're fast approaching the dessert hour.• Snapshots and consumerimagery were fast becoming two sides of the same coin.• This familiarity, this friendliness of science is fast disappearing under the banner of standardisation.fastfast3 verb [intransitive]EATto eat little or no food for a period of time, especially for religiousreasonsMuslims fast during Ramadan.→ See Verb table
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fast• They fasted for a further 2 hours, after which they were allowed normal food and fluidintake.• He would need to fast, to recuperate, to change, before he would be ready to take her.fastfast4 noun [countable]EATa period during which someone does not eat, especially for religious reasonsGandhi drank some orange juice to break (=end) his three-week fast.
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fast• a one-day fast for charity• At the end of their fast, the people have a big party to celebrate.• As almost everyone except himself perfectly understood, these fasts were a ruthlessexploitation of the power of his own sanctity.break ... fast• Break your fast and pack our bags.• In the morning, immediately after break. fast, he would be at the public mortuary doing the post-mortem.• The speed at which things wear out and break down rises fast when everything you own is cheap.• After they had broken their fast he gave Aeneas the advice he had come to seek.• Keyes said he would not break his fast until he was invited to participate in subsequentcandidatedebates.• The breaking of the fast, called iftar, usually begins with a snack of dates and milk or water.• The songs were then sung, and Gandhi drank some orangejuice to break the three-week fast.• He was always smiling and greeted us most amicably as we broke our fast in the great hall.From King Business Dictionaryfastfast1 /fɑːstfæst/ adverbquickly or without delayExports are stillgrowing fast.The Bank of England was criticized for not cutting interest rates fast enough.How fast can you get that report done?fastfast2 adjectivehappening quickly or without delayThe IT industry is expanding at an incredibly fast rate.Trading has been fast and furious (=full of excitement and activity) this afternoon.We guarantee a fast response to all inquiries.Originfast2Old Englishfæst“firm”fast3Old Englishfæstan