From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpacepace1 /peɪs/ ●●○W3 noun1speed of events/changes [singular]SPEED the speed at which something happens or is donepace ofThe pace of change in our lives is becoming faster and faster.at a steady/slow etc pacePublic spending continues to rise at a steady pace.2walk/run [singular]WALKRUN the speed at which someone walks, runs, or movespace ofYou need to step up the pace of your exercises.at a slow/leisurely/brisk etc paceLucy set off at a leisurely pace back to the hotel.He quickened his pace, longing to be home.Traffic slowed to a walking pace.3step [countable]WALK a singlestep when you are running or walking, or the distance you move in one steppace backwards/towards/forwards etcHe took a pace towards the door.Rebecca walked a few paces behind her mum.4 →keep pace (with something/somebody)5 →go through your paces6 →put somebody/something through their paces7 →set the pace8 →force the pace9 →be able to stand the paceCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + pacerapid/fastThe rapid pace of change creates uncertainty.slowThe pace of life in the countryside is slower.a steady paceThe economy was growing at a slow but steady pace.at your own pace (=at the pace that suits you)This allows each child to learn at his or her own pace.at a snail’s pace (=very slowly)Reform is proceeding at a snail’s pace.a breakneck pace (=extremely fast)Singapore prospered and modernized at a breakneck pace.a hectic/frantic pace (=a very fast and hurried speed)We worked at a hectic pace.verbsthe pace quickens/acceleratesThe pace of change is quickening.the pace slows/slackensAfter a surge in exports, the pace slackened considerably the following year.gather pace (=happen more quickly)Support for the campaign is gathering pace.keep up the pace (=continue to do something or happen as quickly as before)China's society is transforming but can it keep up the pace?keep up with the pace (=do something as fast as something else is happening or being done)It’s essential that we constantly update our skills and keep up with the pace of change.phrasesthe pace of changeThe pace of change accelerated dramatically in the early 1980s.the pace of lifeHere, the sun shines every day and the pace of life is slower.the pace of developmentThe pace of development in computer graphics is amazing.the pace of reformSome senior party figures favor a slower pace of reform.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘in your own pace’ or ‘on your own pace’. Say at your own pace.
pacepace2 verb1[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]WALK to walk first in one direction and then in another many times, especially because you are nervousI found Mark at the hospital, pacing restlessly up and down.pace the floor/roomSam stood up and paced the floor, deep in thought.► see thesaurus at walk2 →pace yourself3[transitive] (also pace something ↔ off, pace something ↔ out)TM to measure a distance by walking across it with steps of equallengthThe director paced out the length of the stage.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pace• I went back to the tree, and I found Barbra pacing.• The Doctorpaced around the excavation measuring the depth and imprint of the relics.• Sarah paced back and forth along the corridor, waiting for the doctor to come back.• I was pacing in the next room, talking to the Lord.• I need someone to pace me or I fall too far behind.• He paced off the distance just to make sure.• Meryl was also awake, pacing the floor in her dressing-gown.• She paced the floor, waiting until she judged the rooms would be full of people.• Stewart was pacing the floor while watching the game on TV.• Kernan paced the Monarchs with 17 points and 15 rebounds.• Emmanuel Adigun and Haywood Vital paced the second-half surge for the Wildcats with 14 and 11 points, respectively.• Augusta resumed her pacing, throwing her hands outward in little distractedgestures.• A lionpaced up and down the cage, growling.• "We're going to be late, '' Jordan said irritably, pacing up and down the room.• He began pacing up and down the room.pace the floor/room• As she moved closer to him on the sofa, he leapt to his feet and began pacing the floor.• Then I began to pace the floor and think about this thing.• He had spent a ruinous and totally sleepless night, pacing the floors but being able to find no solace.• He might wake to watch her pacing the room in the dark, hour after hour.• Augusta rose and paced the room, stopped and put the heels of both palms against her temples.• She paced the floor, waiting until she judged the rooms would be full of people.• He was pacing the floor when Dannie Bulman spun a deepcross into the Leicester penalty area.From King Business Dictionarypacepace /peɪs/ noun [singular]1the rate or speed at which something happensThe average price of a new car began to soar at a faster pace than household incomes.2keep pace (with) to change at the same rate as someone or something elseNext year’s spending may not even keep pace with inflation.Demand continues to keep pace, with shipments rising about 2.5%.3set the pace to establish the speed at which your competitors try to do something, or the standard of quality they try to achieveIt continues to set the pace for all other local shopping complexes.Originpace1(1200-1300)Old Frenchpas“step”, from Latinpassus