Synonyms of speed in English:



  • 1 Lesley grew frustrated at the slow speed of their progress
    rate, pace, tempo, momentum
  • 2 we were grateful for the speed of the government's response
    [Antonyms] slowness dilatoriness
  • Phrases

    keep (or bring) someone up to speed on (or with)

    she keeps the sales staff up to speed on agronomic issuesfamiliarizemake conversantacquaintget up to datekeep up to dateaccustom tohabituate toinstruct incoach intrain inteach ineducate inschool inprime inindoctrinate ininitiate intointroduce to informalgen up onclue in onclue up onput in the picture aboutput wise togive the gen aboutgive the low-down ongive a rundown offill in on


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  • 1 I sped back home
    hurry, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whirl, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble
    informal belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
    British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers
    Scottish informal wheech
    North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out
    North American vulgar slang drag/tear/haul ass
    literary fleet
    archaic post, hie
    rare drive
    [Antonyms] amble stroll
  • 2 Cook was over the limit and he was speeding
    drive too fast, exceed the speed limit, break the speed limit
  • 3 a short holiday will speed his recovery
    hasten, expedite, speed up, hurry up, accelerate, step up, advance, further, forward, promote, boost, give a boost to, stimulate, aid, assist, help along, facilitate
    informal crank up
    [Antonyms] hinder hold up set back slow down
  • Phrases

    speed up

    Smith shouted at them to speed up
    [Antonyms] slow down
    hurry upacceleratemove fastergo fasterdrive fasterget a move onput a spurt onopen it upincrease speedpick up speedgather speedBritishlook smart informalget crackingget movingstep on itstep on the gasshake a legrattle one's dagsBritish informalget one's skates onstir one's stumpsNorth American informalget a wiggle onSouth African informalput foot datedmake haste

    speed something up

    the episode speeded up the process of political change See sense 3 of the verb

    Word links

    tacho- related prefix, as in tachometer
    tachy- related prefix, as in tachygraphy
    tachophobia fear of speed
    tachometry, velocimetry measurement of speed

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