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1 a high rate of movement or performance
  • we dashed off the remaining paperwork with as much speed as possible so we could leave for the long weekend

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2 a person or thing that is preferred over others
  • that kind of old-fashioned horror movie is just my speed

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Synonyms & Antonyms of speed (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the noun speed contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of speed are dispatch, expedition, haste, and hurry. While all these words mean "quickness in movement or action," speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action.

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How are the words expedition and dispatch related as synonyms of speed?

Expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters.

the case came to trial with expedition

paid bills with dispatch

Where would haste be a reasonable alternative to speed?

The words haste and speed can be used in similar contexts, but haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness.

marry in haste

When might hurry be a better fit than speed?

The synonyms hurry and speed are sometimes interchangeable, but hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion.

in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush

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

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“Speed.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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