fast-track

1 of 3

adjective

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-track

2 of 3

verb

fast-tracked; fast-tracking; fast-tracks

transitive verb

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

fast track

3 of 3

noun

1
: a course leading to rapid advancement or success
2
: a course of expedited consideration or approval

Examples of fast-track in a Sentence

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Adjective
Shah also noted that empty, existing manufacturing facilities in Michigan put the state in a good position to fast-track new manufacturing projects. Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 One approach to those problems could be forming a dedicated government unit with a mandate to accelerate housing delivery, perhaps with fast-track permitting for affordable projects. Shelley Stewart, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council on Tuesday voted to request that Gov. Newsom declare a state of emergency in the city, an effort that could help them fast-track a $33-million landslide remediation project to stabilize the area. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 The drug was given a fast-track approval based on the results of a phase 2 clinical trial. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 Chancery Court judges in the state are recognized as business-law experts who can hear cases on a fast-track basis. Madlin Mekelburg, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 The build-up isn’t foreign to Hicks, who was a starting pitcher throughout high school and his first two years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, until the team decided to fast-track his path to the majors by converting him into a reliever. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Smith, the special counsel, asked the Supreme Court last month to leapfrog the appeals court and decide the immunity issue once and for all, but the high court declined to fast-track the case and instead let the appeals process continue. Robert Legare, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 Harvey Rosenfield, founder of the advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, thinks companies are trying to pressure the agency to fast-track their requests. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024
Verb
Affected employees received a code to use on internal applications, helping recruiters identify and potentially fast-track them through the hiring process. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 Joining a crypto firm might be an attractive alternative for people looking to fast-track their careers. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 In early 2022, Biden had re-ignited the 2016 program to fast-track cancer research. Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2023 Citing recent state litigation that aims to fast-track new housing, Regan said that while there has been progress to improve the approval process, there is much more work to be done. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2023 The coalition was formed in April 2021 as a way to fast-track a green application of blockchain technology to fashion. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Mar. 2023 The Oregon House passed a landmark package of housing legislation Wednesday that will pour $200 million into affordable housing and homelessness prevention while pushing to fast-track the construction of new homes. oregonlive, 15 Mar. 2023 But his office started a program to fast-track about 100 stagnant cases by bringing in lawyers to meet with defendants as advice council, review their cases and potentially work out a plea agreement. Hannah Ray Lambert, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2023 Microsoft proposed a monitoring trustee, an objective third-party assessor, and a fast-track dispute-resolution mechanism to help enforce those promises. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 13 Mar. 2023
Noun
Adding Miller to the 40-man roster this offseason put him on the fast track as the second southpaw, though Garrett and Ethan Small — both acquired this month — could both factor in this season. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 News that Leitch would direct a new Jurassic movie came to light late last week, when Universal signaled the film was on the fast track by giving it a July 2, 2025, release date. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Chemo alternatives emerge for cancer patients A new ovarian cancer drug has been given the fast track for FDA approval. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 4 Feb. 2024 Delta also recently brought back their status match program, which can help travelers earn a fast track to frequent flyer status by matching an existing program. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 31 Jan. 2024 The case will now move forward in an appeals court, which has put it on a fast track, and most likely return to the Supreme Court in the coming weeks or months. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 In 2009, Conwell was crowned best student chef in the country by the American Culinary Federation and was on the fast track to a career in the culinary world. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 The few, the proud, etc. RiRi knows that rocking a statement coat is the fast track to looking put-together. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 Dealing with the emotion, the sadness, and the grotesque nature of what’s going on right now has forced us to fast track really difficult conversations. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1971, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fast-track was in 1946

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Cite this Entry

“Fast-track.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fast-track. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

fast-track

1 of 3 adjective
ˈfas(t)-ˌtrak
: of, relating to, or moving along a fast track
fast-track executives

fast-track

2 of 3 verb
: to speed up the processing or production of in order to meet a goal
fast-tracker noun

fast track

3 of 3 noun
: a course leading to rapid advancement or success
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