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Meaning & Definition of Fast in English

English

Fast

/fæst/

noun

1. Abstaining from food

    synonym:
  • fast
  • ,
  • fasting

verb

1. Abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons

  • "Catholics sometimes fast during lent"
    synonym:
  • fast

2. Abstain from eating

  • "Before the medical exam, you must fast"
    synonym:
  • fast

adjective

1. Acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

  • "Fast film"
  • "On the fast track in school"
  • "Set a fast pace"
  • "A fast car"
    synonym:
  • fast

2. (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time

  • "My watch is fast"
    synonym:
  • fast

3. At a rapid tempo

  • "The band played a fast fox trot"
    synonym:
  • fast

4. (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds

  • "A fast road"
  • "Grass courts are faster than clay"
    synonym:
  • fast

5. Resistant to destruction or fading

  • "Fast colors"
    synonym:
  • fast

6. Unrestrained by convention or morality

  • "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"
  • "Deplorably dissipated and degraded"
  • "Riotous living"
  • "Fast women"
    synonym:
  • debauched
  • ,
  • degenerate
  • ,
  • degraded
  • ,
  • dissipated
  • ,
  • dissolute
  • ,
  • libertine
  • ,
  • profligate
  • ,
  • riotous
  • ,
  • fast

7. Hurried and brief

  • "Paid a flying visit"
  • "Took a flying glance at the book"
  • "A quick inspection"
  • "A fast visit"
    synonym:
  • flying
  • ,
  • quick
  • ,
  • fast

8. Securely fixed in place

  • "The post was still firm after being hit by the car"
    synonym:
  • fast
  • ,
  • firm
  • ,
  • immobile

9. Unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

  • "A firm ally"
  • "Loyal supporters"
  • "The true-hearted soldier...of tippecanoe"- campaign song for william henry harrison
  • "Fast friends"
    synonym:
  • firm
  • ,
  • loyal
  • ,
  • truehearted
  • ,
  • fast(a)

10. (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time

  • "A fast lens"
    synonym:
  • fast

adverb

1. Quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form)

  • "How fast can he get here?"
  • "Ran as fast as he could"
  • "Needs medical help fast"
  • "Fast-running rivers"
  • "Fast-breaking news"
  • "Fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters"
    synonym:
  • fast

2. Firmly or closely

  • "Held fast to the rope"
  • "Her foot was stuck fast"
  • "Held tight"
    synonym:
  • fast
  • ,
  • tight

Examples of using

That car is very fast.
Times passes slowly for those who are sad, but fast for those who are happy.
I can't run as fast as you.