sprint

verb
\ ˈsprint How to pronounce sprint (audio) \
sprinted; sprinting; sprints

Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to run or go at top speed especially for a short distance

sprint

noun

Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of sprinting
b : a burst of speed

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Verb

sprinter noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sprint in a Sentence

Verb The bicycle racers sprinted for the finish line. he sprinted off to class so as to avoid being late Noun He made a sprint for the finish line.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb None of them might be there, but if one of them is, the Cardinals will sprint to the podium to hand Commissioner Roger Goodell their card. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals could hit jackpot with one of these four picks; could trade up to get one, too," 29 Apr. 2021 The car has a top speed of 155 mph and can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds—only 0.3 seconds slower than the SLS AMG Black Series. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "This 1-of-9 Mercedes-Benz EV From 2013 Presaged the Electric Revolution. Now It’s Up for Sale.," 28 Apr. 2021 Ohtani had homered Wednesday and Saturday, but both of those barely left the yard, forcing him to sprint around the bases in case the ball caught the top of the wall. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani’s home run helps Angels beat Astros, end four-game skid," 25 Apr. 2021 That was enough for Paxton to sprint ahead of the competition, which included former state Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Can George P. Bush beat Ken Paxton for Texas AG in the Donald Trump-loving GOP?," 12 Apr. 2021 But that could change in the post-pandemic era as people sprint to restaurants, movie theaters and vacation hotspots this spring and summer. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "A spike in prices could change everything for Wall Street," 23 Feb. 2021 By six weeks the same rats had learned to sprint and walk up a small staircase. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "With Willpower, and a Jolt of Electricity, Paralyzed Rats Learn to Walk Again," 31 May 2012 Land Rover says the two-door will sprint to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Priced Starting Near $100,000," 26 Feb. 2021 Driving the gains: the confluence of tight supply––inventories dropped almost 50% in the past year––and those bargain rates that lure buyers by restraining monthly payments even as prices sprint. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "3 ways you’ll feel the pain of the shocking rise in interest rates," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, voting rights advocates say ID requirements are only getting increasingly tough to navigate, leaving volunteers and families in a sprint to close the ID gap. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Crunch time for voter ID clinics as states tighten election laws," 27 Apr. 2021 As for second and third place, both teams are running together to the finish line in an all-out sprint. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Double Agents finale recap: A big decision results in a new champion," 22 Apr. 2021 It’s the Wakeland fans welcoming the Wakeland boys team to the game, the conclusion of a sprint from Midland for the Wolverines after beating El Paso Del Valle 4-2 in their respective state semifinal. Dallas News, "With rare state title history on the line, Frisco Wakeland’s soccer teams are fueled by each other — and a little competition," 15 Apr. 2021 The world is caught in a sprint between vaccines and variants, and the shots eventually will win, scientists say. Apoorva Mandavilli And Benjamin Mueller, Star Tribune, "Virus variants threaten to draw out the pandemic, scientists say," 3 Apr. 2021 Bjornsen and Brennan were coming off a fifth-place finish in the team sprint. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With temperatures nearing 60 degrees, Alaska skiers crack the top 20 at World Championships," 3 Mar. 2021 And for the second straight day, the winner of the 7-furlong sprint was a horse switching from the turf to the dirt under the guidance of a Hall of Fame jockey. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tough weekend at Del Mar for Baffert," 15 Nov. 2020 During the run, Fessy pushes Kaycee to overtake CT and Amber B. for first place, but CT knows this is a marathon, not a sprint. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Double Agents recap: Quitters never win," 15 Apr. 2021 And after playing the shortest season since 1878, turning a marathon into a sprint, maybe there will be a deeper appreciation of the grueling sport. USA Today, "'Most anticipated opening day I've ever seen': 2021 MLB season begins, promising hope for the summer," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sprint

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprint

Verb

Middle English (Scots) sprenten to spring, leap, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect sprinta to jump, hop; akin to Old High German sprinzan to jump up

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9 May 2021

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“Sprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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sprint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run or go very fast for a short distance

sprint

noun

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

: a race over a short distance at a very fast speed
: a short period of running or going very fast

sprint

verb
\ ˈsprint How to pronounce sprint (audio) \
sprinted; sprinting

Kids Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run at top speed especially for a short distance

Other Words from sprint

sprinter noun

sprint

noun

Kids Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short run at top speed
2 : a race over a short distance

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