\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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On the fast track In 2008, Robertson, then a candidate for mayor, announced an ambitious goal. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver, B.C., bet on modular housing to ease homelessness. Could it work in Seattle?," 1 Oct. 2018 Brett Kavanaugh is on the fast track to a permanent place on America’s highest court. Kay Steiger, Vox, "4 winners and 3 losers from Brett Kavanaugh’s many-hour, multi-day confirmation hearings," 7 Sep. 2018 And in the wake of a 2017 constitutional referendum that vested extraordinary powers in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, observers warn that Turkey is on the fast track to authoritarianism. Filiz Kahraman, Washington Post, "Why Turkey’s human rights violations won’t end up in court," 12 June 2018 For fledgling restaurateurs, food halls double as incubators, a low-stakes method of tinkering with business models and experimenting with food that can ultimately serve as a fast track to success. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 The New York litigation is one of several pending cases on the citizenship question and the one on the fastest track. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Blocks Quiz of Commerce Secretary in Census Controversy," 22 Oct. 2018 The following year, Gamble switched to all four games on a Saturday up at Nippert, and all of a sudden, the Showdown took off like a quarter horse down a fast track. Adam Baum,, "Why Cincinnati was and still is the perfect place for the Crosstown Showdown," 10 July 2018 By setting up a fast track for both sides to submit court papers, the high court likely will consider the Justice Department's request at its Feb. 16 conference. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court agrees to speed up Trump's DACA appeal," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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