set the pace

set the pace
S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [set stressed th ee peys]
    • /sɛt stressed ði peɪs/
    • /set ðə peɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [set stressed th ee peys]
    • /sɛt stressed ði peɪs/

Definitions of set the pace words

  • noun set the pace a rate of movement, especially in stepping, walking, etc.: to walk at a brisk pace of five miles an hour. 1
  • noun set the pace a rate of activity, progress, growth, performance, etc.; tempo. 1
  • noun set the pace any of various standard linear measures, representing the space naturally measured by the movement of the feet in walking: roughly 30 to 40 inches (75 cm to 1 meter). Compare geometrical pace, military pace, Roman pace. 1
  • noun set the pace a single step: She took three paces in the direction of the door. 1
  • noun set the pace the distance covered in a step: Stand six paces inside the gates. 1
  • noun set the pace a manner of stepping; gait. 1

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Origin of set the pace

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English pas < Old French < Latin passus step, pace, equivalent to pad-, variant stem of pandere to spread (the legs, in walking) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss

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Parts of speech for Set the pace


set the pace popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% 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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