I UK [fɑːst] / US [fæst] adjective
Word forms "fast":
adjective fast comparative faster superlative fastest
1) able to move quickly

Simon loves fast cars.

a chance for runners to show how fast they are

a) done quickly

It was quite a fast journey.

a fast drive/run

a fast pace/tempo/speed:

We were expected to work at a fast pace.

b) done without waiting or delaying

The government has promised a fast response to the crisis.

We need fast and effective action to combat this problem.

c) a fast road is one on which you can drive quickly
d) doing or able to do something quickly
a fast reader/learner:

I'm usually quite a fast learner.

a) exciting, with a lot of different things happening in a short time

The pace of the game was fast.

b) [only before noun] a fast way of life is one in which you travel a lot, meet a lot of people, and do a lot of exciting things
3) [not usually before noun] if a clock is fast, it shows a time that is later than the correct time

My watch is a few minutes fast.

4) [only before noun] a fast film is one that you use to take photographs of something that is moving quickly, or that you use when there is not very much light
5) colours that are fast will not become paler when clothes are washed
6) [only before noun] old-fashioned a fast woman is one who has sexual relationships with a lot of different people

II UK [fɑːst] / US [fæst] adverb ***
1) quickly

We drove as fast as we could to the hospital.

I can't run very fast.

Can't you work any faster?

a) over a short period of time

The business has grown very fast.

fast becoming/developing/disappearing etc:

This company is fast becoming a major exporter of computer software.

b) without waiting or delaying

You need to get help fast!

We got there as fast as we could.

2) firmly and strongly or tightly

She held fast to the railings and refused to move.

The van was stuck fast in the mud.

be getting/going nowhere fastinformal to be making very little progress

Critics say that the reforms are going nowhere fast.

stand fast/firmformal to continue to do something that you believe is right even when other people are trying to stop you

III UK [fɑːst] / US [fæst] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "fast":
present tense I/you/we/they fast he/she/it fasts present participle fasting past tense fasted past participle fasted
to eat no food or very little food for a period of time, often for religious reasons

IV UK [fɑːst] / US [fæst] noun [countable]
Word forms "fast":
singular fast plural fasts
a period of time when you eat no food or very little food, often for religious reasons

English dictionary. 2014.


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