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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fast, fahst]
    • /fæst, fɑst/
    • /fɑːst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fast, fahst]
    • /fæst, fɑst/

Definitions of fast word

  • adjective fast moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid: a fast horse; a fast pain reliever; a fast thinker. 1
  • adjective fast done in comparatively little time; taking a comparatively short time: a fast race; fast work. 1
  • adjective fast indicating a time in advance of the correct time, as of a clock. noting or according to daylight-saving time. 1
  • adjective fast adapted to, allowing, productive of, or imparting rapid movement: a hull with fast lines; one of the fastest pitchers in baseball. 1
  • adjective fast characterized by unrestrained conduct or lack of moral conventions, especially in sexual relations; wanton; loose: Some young people in that era were considered fast, if not downright promiscuous. 1
  • adjective fast characterized by hectic activity: leading a fast life. 1

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Origin of fast

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæst firm; cognate with Dutch vast, Old Norse fastr firm, German fest; akin to fast2

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Parts of speech for Fast


fast popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fast

verb fast

  • abstain — If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
  • forbear — to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  • diet — the legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.
  • refrain — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • starve — to die or perish from lack of food or nourishment.

adjective fast

  • ahead — Something that is ahead is in front of you. If you look ahead, you look directly in front of you.
  • gaining — to make a gain or gains in.
  • in advance — to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.
  • debauched — If you describe someone as debauched, you mean they behave in a way that you think is socially unacceptable, for example because they drink a lot of alcohol or have sex with a lot of people.
  • wild — living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.

interjection fast

  • quickly — with speed; rapidly; very soon.

adverb fast

  • speedily — characterized by speed; rapid; swift; fast.
  • rapidly — occurring within a short time; happening speedily: rapid growth.
  • swiftly — moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity; fleet; rapid: a swift ship.
  • promptly — done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
  • at once — If you do something at once, you do it immediately.

noun fast

  • abstention — Abstention is a formal act of not voting either for or against a proposal.
  • starvation — the act or state of starving; condition of being starved.
  • cleansing — serving or intended to cleanse
  • abstinence — Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from something such as alcoholic drink or sex, often for health or religious reasons.
  • fasting — to abstain from all food.

Antonyms for fast

verb fast

  • glut — to feed or fill to satiety; sate: to glut the appetite.
  • gorge — to swallow, especially greedily.
  • stuff — the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
  • indulge — to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
  • eat — to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).

adjective fast

  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • fickle — likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
  • wobbly — shaky; unsteady.
  • long-lasting — enduring or existing for a long period of time: a long-lasting friendship.
  • clumsy — A clumsy person moves or handles things in a careless, awkward way, often so that things are knocked over or broken.

adverb fast

  • slowly — in a slow manner; at a slow speed: Sauté the peppers slowly. I drove slowly back home.
  • loosely — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.

noun fast

  • indulgence — the act or practice of indulging; gratification of desire.
  • eatingeats, Informal. food.
  • feast — any rich or abundant meal: The steak dinner was a feast.
  • gluttony — excessive eating and drinking.
  • gorging — a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.

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