There are 2 definitions of tempo in English:


Syllabification: tem·po
Pronunciation: /ˈtempō

noun (plural tempos or tempi /-pē/)

1 Music The speed at which a passage of music is or should be played.
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  • Listening to music with a slow tempo helps calm the mind.
  • He worked with the pianist to get the tempi of the music precisely right.
  • Clapping her hands she set the tempo for the music.
2The rate or speed of motion or activity; pace: the tempo of life dictated by a heavy workload
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  • He wants to maintain the tempo of his activities at a high level.
  • The tempo and pace of the game had increased.
  • The tempo of economic activity has slowed.


mid 17th century (as a fencing term denoting the timing of an attack): from Italian, from Latin tempus 'time'.

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There are 2 definitions of tempo in English:


Line breaks: tempo
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpəʊ/

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noun (plural tempos)

(In South Asia) a light three-wheeled delivery van.


an invented word.

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