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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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Other Words from fast-track


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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Examples of fast-track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pavel covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:49.21 and paid $15.60 to win. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "A worked-up Pavel does just fine in Stephen Foster victory," 16 June 2018 And the Obama Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast track are a bad, bad deal for American businesses, for workers, for taxpayers. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "A timeline of Trump’s complicated relationship with the TPP," 13 Apr. 2018 Using the campaign’s hashtag may also grant a creator fast track consideration for SoundCloud Premier, the company’s direct monetization program. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "SoundCloud's Emerging Artist Campaign Extended to Germany, U.K.," 19 June 2018 The rules of fast track, also known as trade-promotion authority, have some wiggle room, but there are concrete requirements, including a 90-day notice to Congress before a pact is signed, with a text published at least 60 days before the signing. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Trump’s Goal for Nafta Rewrite Looks Unattainable in 2018," 15 May 2018 But is adding butter and oil to coffee really a a fast track to a better mood and speedier weight loss? Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About Bulletproof Coffee, According to a Nutritionist," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of fast-track was in 1967

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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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