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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

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 This project is not appropriate here, yet for some reason seems to have been placed on the fast track for development. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Make no mistake about Morgan Hill Technology Park project," 22 Sep. 2019 Tip: Carry a Few Vitamins and Supplements Next is immunity, because breathing in strangers’ air for six hours is a fast track to strep throat. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Beauty Editors Share Their In-Flight Beauty Routines," 24 July 2019 The mostly pro-Beijing legislature had set the bill on a fast track to start debate on Wednesday, June 12, aiming to wrap up a vote by June 20. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Upheaval Puts Beijing in a Bind," 16 June 2019 An apology, topped off with an effort to embrace her family’s veganism, will set you on a fast track to resolution. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Vegan Violation," 15 Sep. 2019 A few months later, in October, Ms. Sherald’s profile began to rise when the National Portrait Gallery commissioned her to paint a portrait of the former first lady Michelle Obama, setting the artist on the fast track to prominence. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Amy Sherald’s Shining Second Act," 12 Sep. 2019 By 2011, Xander Bogaerts was ready to jump on a fast track to cornerstone status; Jair Bogaerts ended up being dealt to the Cubs as part of the compensation agreement that resulted in Theo Epstein leaving the Red Sox. Alex Speier,, "Ten years later, a look back on the Red Sox signing of Xander Bogaerts," 24 Aug. 2019 Jockey Gabriel Saez steered By My Standards into fourth entering the final turn and finished the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:49.53 under clear skies and on a fast track, nearly a length ahead of Spinoff, which went off a 4-1. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "By My Standards a surprise winner of $1M Louisiana Derby," 24 Mar. 2019 Top Chinese graduate students interested in an academic career are encouraged to go abroad for their postdoctoral training, with the understanding that the foreign experience will put them on the fast track for a position back home. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "When Europeans do science in China," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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