pace

noun
\ ˈpās How to pronounce pace (audio) \

Definition of pace

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : rate of movement the runner's pace especially : an established rate of locomotion
b : rate of progress specifically : parallel rate of growth or development supplies kept pace with demand
c : an example to be emulated specifically : first place in a competition three strokes off the pace Time
d(1) : rate of performance or delivery : tempo a steady pace on pace to set a record especially : speed serves with great pace a pace bowler in cricket
(2) : rhythmic animation : fluency writes with color, with zest, and with pace— Amy Loveman
2 : a manner of walking : tread … walked slowly, with even, unhesitating pace— Willa Cather
b : any of various units of distance based on the length of a human step
4a paces plural : an exhibition or test of skills or capacities the trainer put the tiger through its paces
b : gait especially : a fast 2-beat gait (as of the horse) in which the legs move in lateral pairs and support the animal alternately on the right and left legs

pace

verb
paced; pacing

Definition of pace (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to walk with often slow or measured tread
b : to move along : proceed
2 : to go at a pace used especially of a horse

transitive verb

1a : to measure by pacing often used with off paced off a 10-yard penalty
b : to cover at a walk could hear him pacing the floor
2 : to cover (a course) by pacing used of a horse
3a : to set or regulate the pace of taught them how to pace their solos for … impact— Richard Goldstein also : to establish a moderate or steady pace for (oneself)
b(1) : to go before : precede
(2) : to set an example for : lead
c : to keep pace with
pa·​ce | \ ˈpā-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce pace (audio) ; ˈpä-(ˌ)chā, -(ˌ)kā How to pronounce pace (audio) \

Definition of pace (Entry 3 of 3)

: contrary to the opinion of usually used as an expression of deference to someone's contrary opinion Easiness is a virtue in grammar, pace old-fashioned grammarians …— Philip Howard usually italics

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Synonyms for pace

Synonyms: Verb

file, march, parade, stride

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Preposition

Though used in English for nearly 150 years, the preposition pace has yet to shed its Latin mantle, and for that reason it's most at home in formal writing or in contexts in which one is playing at formality. The Latin word pace is a form of pax, meaning "peace" or "permission," and when used sincerely the word does indeed suggest a desire for both. This Latin borrowing is unrelated to the more common noun pace (as in "keeping pace") and its related verb ("pacing the room"); these also come from Latin, but from the word pandere, meaning "to spread."

Examples of pace in a Sentence

Noun

We walked at a leisurely pace along the shore. The pace of the story was slow. His new album is selling at a blistering pace.

Verb

When she gets nervous she paces back and forth. He was pacing and muttering to himself. She paced the other runners for the first half of the race. Advertisements are paced so that they are shown more often during peak sales seasons.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many of the representatives responded that, while the fact that more people are coming forward to access services is great, funding is not keeping pace. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Makes a Strong Statement About How Addictive Social Media Can Be," 3 Apr. 2019 With a handful of launches remaining on its manifest in December, SpaceX is on pace to fly as many as 22 rockets this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 Cannabis dispensaries are cropping up at a record pace, while CBD, a nonintoxicating component of cannabis plants touted for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, is suddenly appearing in everything from eye cream to dog treats and coffee. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New High Society," 18 Apr. 2019 Fessahaye does see progress in regards to diversity in the (Swedish) fashion industry, but is frustrated at the pace. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Meet Selam Fessahaye, the Stylist and Designer Making Change on the Swedish Fashion Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 Thanks to the volunteer coder army, the game morphs and changes at a pace that is simultaneously blistering and glacial. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 Alphabet and Google finance chief Ruth Porat said Google is adding talent at a faster pace outside Silicon Valley than at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Waymo is launching the world’s first driverless car service next month," 14 Nov. 2018 But, in many ways, this model of the innovation economy is beginning to show signs of strain: Can Kendall Square, like other innovation centers across the country, update its physical infrastructure at a pace that supports such rapid growth? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 What's more, the Pentagon's glacial pace is no way to meet quickly emerging threats from Russia and China. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Disrupting the Pentagon: Can the Air Force Learn To Love Startup Culture?," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hudson, a 6-6 shooting guard who transferred to UF from Virginia Tech following the 2016 season, averaged a team-high 15.5 points last season and paced the Gators with 78 three-pointers. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Here's why Florida basketball's top scorer is returning to school for one more year," 29 May 2018 McAfee, the fourth-grade teacher, manages her stress by pacing the classroom during lessons; many of Ohio Avenue’s teachers snack on Hot Tamales candy, claiming that the cinnamon helps them calm down. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Atlantic, "One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior," 8 May 2018 Softball Joliet Catholic 5-6, Marian Central 1-1: Jen Krizka’s homer and thee RBIs paced JCA (16-6, 7-2 ESCC) in Game 1. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Local roundup: Jacqueline Aleman goes all-in as Lemont tops Downers North in girls soccer," 6 May 2018 Saturday is a slower-paced, family-friendly opportunity to stroll among the work. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "A guide to how to choose art for your home," 24 Apr. 2018 But then Elvira’s ghost appears to Charles and begins instigating all kinds of trouble in a superficial romp that is beautifully paced to play’s end. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Spirited comedy, courtesy of APL scientists," 19 Apr. 2018 Sophomore guard Morgan Frank paced Mundelein (11-20) with 15. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Table setter: Warren's Camille Cuevas contributes crisp passing, strong defense," 14 Feb. 2018 Veteran director Michael Arabian approaches his material with his typical assurance in a well-paced, well-acted staging. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "Armenian genocide fuels Rogue Machine's '100 Aprils'," 22 June 2018 The staff is good at pacing the dishes and changing out plates as needed. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gran Electrica in Napa: Mexican cuisine straight outta Brooklyn," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of pace

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Preposition

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pace

Noun and Verb

Middle English pas, from Anglo-French, stride, step, from Latin passus, from pandere to spread — more at fathom

Preposition

Latin, ablative of pac-, pax peace, permission — more at pact

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pace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the speed at which someone or something moves
: the speed at which something happens
: a single step or the length of a single step

pace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk back and forth across the same space again and again especially because you are nervous
: to control or set the speed of (someone or something)

pace

noun
\ ˈpās How to pronounce pace (audio) \

Kids Definition of pace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the speed of moving forward or ahead
2 : the speed at which something is done or happens The pace of production needs to increase.
3 : a horse's gait in which the legs on the same side move at the same time
4 : a single step or its length

pace

verb
paced; pacing

Kids Definition of pace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to walk back and forth across The nervous man began pacing the floor.
2 : to walk with slow steps
3 : to measure by steps We paced off the length of the garden.
4 : to set or regulate the speed at which something is done or happens You have to pace yourself when exercising.

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