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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 fasting word

  • verb without object fasting to abstain from all food. 1
  • verb without object fasting to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance. 1
  • verb with object fasting to cause to abstain entirely from or limit food; put on a fast: to fast a patient for a day before surgery. 1
  • noun fasting an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, especially when voluntary and as a religious observance; fasting. 1
  • noun fasting a day or period of fasting. 1
  • noun fasting Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, esp. as a religious observance. 1

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Origin of fasting

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English fasten, Old English fæstan; cognate with German fasten, Gothic fastan, Old Norse fasta

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Parts of speech for Fasting


fasting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

fasting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fasting

noun fasting

  • abstinence — Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from something such as alcoholic drink or sex, often for health or religious reasons.
  • asceticism — Asceticism is a simple, strict way of life with no luxuries or physical pleasures.
  • maceration — the act or process of macerating.
  • xerophagy — a Lenten fast observed especially during Holy Week, constituting the strictest fast in the Eastern Church.
  • 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.

Antonyms for fasting

noun fasting

  • consumption — The consumption of fuel or natural resources is the amount of them that is used or the act of using them.

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