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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

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Examples of fast-track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those who sued asked to fast track the case before the state Supreme Court, saying it should be decided based on filings without holding arguments. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court signals it won't rule on voter purge case before the election," 30 June 2020 Instead, the Mississippi Republican zeroed in on the E-5 and below class most affected and encouraged services to determine how to get minorities on the fast track for promotion. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "‘Daunting problem’: Black service members court-martialed up to 71% more than whites," 16 June 2020 These included priority review, accelerated review, fast track review, breakthrough designation (for unmet medical needs), and orphan designation for rare diseases. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Antimicrobials benefited from expedited FDA programs more than other drugs," 12 June 2020 For its part, the government envisions a resumption of travel starting this September, though not on the fast track envisioned by TBCSA. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "South Africa is working on a plan to decide which countries’ tourists to allow visit," 10 June 2020 Retailers were already struggling — more than 9,300 stores closed for good last year — but the pandemic pushed stores like Victoria's Secret, Pier 1 and JCPenney on the fast track to bankruptcy court. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Why basic dad beer is having a moment in the pandemic economy," 9 June 2020 As a rising star under celebrated former CEO Alan Mulally, he was put on the fast track to be a potential heir to the top job. Keith Naughton,, "Ford Board Leaves Embattled CEO With Little Room for Error," 10 May 2020 More from Taylor: Chaos of COVID-19 shoving society on fast track to the future Providers signed up slowly for the service. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: The future of telemedicine has arrived early," 8 May 2020 Quarterly bonuses for hourly workers were also fast tracked, the company said. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Grocery workers are getting sick, some are dead. Who has their back?," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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“Fast-track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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

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