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fast

adverb

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fast

adjective

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1 moving, proceeding, or acting with great speed
  • the fast pace of construction resulted in our new house being done ahead of schedule

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3 firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge
  • the rusty, old screws are so fast in the fitting that there's no hope of getting them out

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4 given to or marked by cheating and deception
  • rolling back odometers was just one of the fast practices that the used-car dealer was guilty of

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5 marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion
  • as the storm approached, we checked to see that every thing on the outside of the house was fast and locked in position

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7 having or showing quickness of mind
  • I don't know how to operate this machine, but I'm a fast learner

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fast

noun

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fast

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Frequently Asked Questions About fast

How does the adjective fast contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of fast are expeditious, fleet, hasty, quick, rapid, speedy, and swift. While all these words mean "moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity," fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves.

fast horses

When can expeditious be used instead of fast?

The words expeditious and fast are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment.

the expeditious handling of an order

When is it sensible to use fleet instead of fast?

While the synonyms fleet and fast are close in meaning, fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness.

fleet runners

In what contexts can hasty take the place of fast?

Although the words hasty and fast have much in common, hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness.

a hasty inspection

When would quick be a good substitute for fast?

In some situations, the words quick and fast are roughly equivalent. However, quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time.

a quick wit

When might rapid be a better fit than fast?

The meanings of rapid and fast largely overlap; however, rapid applies to the movement itself, rather than to the thing that moves.

rapid current

When is speedy a more appropriate choice than fast?

The words speedy and fast can be used in similar contexts, but speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment and may also suggest unusual velocity.

speedy delivery of mail

When could swift be used to replace fast?

While in some cases nearly identical to fast, swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement.

returned the ball with one swift stroke

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The first known use of fast was before the 12th century

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“Fast.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fast. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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