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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

Other Words from fast-track


fast-tracker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fast-track

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fast-track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hartline is on the fast track to become a head coach at a big-time school. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Finland and Sweden, whose leaders are also attending the summit, appear to be on the fast track to NATO membership now that Turkey, which had been the alliance’s lone holdout, has reached an agreement over the two nations’ application. Eli Stokolsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 The fast track to the big leagues turned bumpy Sunday when he was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken right hand at Class AAA Columbus. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 3 May 2022 The Reader was on a fast track to make the transition after forming the nonprofit entity in 2019, but the pandemic slowed things down, Baim said. Robert Channick,, 21 Apr. 2022 Rich Strike and Sonny Leon, his jockey, completed the 1¼ mile fast track in 2:02.61 and finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 4-1 favorite, Epicenter. Editors, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 For some women in Ukraine, being a surrogate provides a fast track to financial stability; but Liubov, who lived with her 13-year-old son and his father, previously worked in a government job and already had a house. New York Times, 3 May 2022 One of the most optimistic, uplifting and reliable findings from social psychology, in the last 10 or 15 years, is that helping others provides a fast track to improving our own well-being. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 Proponents hope to pass it by Saturday, and Democratic leaders put it on a fast track on the normally sluggish Senate floor. New York Times, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fast-track


1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined above


1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fast-track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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