fast-forward

noun, often attributive
fast-for·​ward | \ˌfas(t)-ˈfȯr-wərd \

Definition of fast-forward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a function of an electronic device that advances a recording at a higher than normal speed

2 : a state or an instance of rapid advancement put her career in fast-forward

fast-forward

verb
fast-forwarded; fast-forwarding; fast-forwards

Definition of fast-forward (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to advance (a magnetic tape) using the fast-forward of a tape player

2 : to bypass (something, such as a commercial) by fast-forwarding

intransitive verb

1 : to advance a magnetic tape using the fast-forward

2 : to proceed rapidly forward especially in time fast-forward to the future

First Known Use of fast-forward

Noun

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1974, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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fast-forward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fast-forward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a function that causes a recording (such as a videotape) to go forward at a speed that is faster than normal

: a state in which something is quickly developing or progressing

fast-forward

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fast-forward (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (a recording) to go forward at a speed that is faster than normal

: to move forward through time quickly

fast-forward

verb
fast-for·​ward | \ˌfast-ˈfȯr-wərd\
fast-forwarded; fast-forwarding

Kids Definition of fast-forward

: to advance a recording (as of music or video) at a faster rate than normal

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