\ˈfas(t)-ˌtrak \

Definition of fast-track 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or moving along a fast track fast-track executives

2 : of, relating to, or being a construction procedure in which work on a building begins before designs are completed

3 : of or relating to authority granted to the President of the U.S. by Congress that allows the President to negotiate trade agreements which Congress must confirm or reject in their entirety


fast-tracked; fast-tracking; fast-tracks

Definition of fast-track (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to speed up the processing, production, or construction of in order to meet a goal

fast track


Definition of fast track (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a course leading to rapid advancement or success

2 : a course of expedited consideration or approval

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fast-tracker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fast-track

Synonyms: Verb

accelerate, bundle, hasten, hurry, quicken, rush, speed (up), whisk

Antonyms: Verb

brake, decelerate, retard, slow (down)

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Raul is taking part in a special six-week coaching course, which aims to fast track ex-professional players into coaching positions within academies., "PHOTOS: Real Madrid Legend Raul Trains With Spurs As He Begins Coaching Qualifications," 3 May 2018 While inveterate stomach and side sleepers may groan to hear this, sleeping like that is a fast track to fine lines and skin sagging, says London skin guru Amanda Lacey, who treats Gwyneth Paltrow. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Anti-Aging Skin Secrets From Top Facialists," 26 Nov. 2015 Southern cooking’s on the fast track in San Antonio. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 Paddack missed all of 2017 and roughly the first month this season, which was supposed to be about getting innings instead of returning to the fast track. Jeff Sanders,, "Chris Paddack promoted to San Antonio," 5 July 2018 The project was on the fast track to be completed by Dec. 27 and was completed a few weeks ahead of schedule. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County dedicates new public safety complex," 26 June 2018 Justify completed the mile and a half on a (finally) fast track in 2 minutes 28.18 seconds to become the second undefeated Triple Crown winner, along with Seattle Slew in 1977, and reward his backers with $3.60 on a $2 bet to win. New York Times, "Simply Perfect: Justify Wins the Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 And his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes both came while running on sloppy tracks, which generally take more out of horses than fast tracks. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Why Justify can and can't win the Belmont and Triple Crown," 23 May 2018 Malek, who became a star thanks to the breakout success of Mr. Robot in 2015, was cast last July, and the project was finally put on the fast track, with director Bryan Singer at the helm. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Against All Odds, the Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Is Finally Here," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of fast-track


1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fast track

: a process or way of proceeding that produces a desired result quickly

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