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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
    informallick, clip
    [Antonyms] slowness, dilatoriness
  • Phrases

    keep/bring someone up to speed on/with

    she keeps the sales staff up to speed on agronomic issues
    familiarize, make conversant, acquaint, get up to date, keep up to date;
    accustom to, habituate to, instruct in, coach in, train in, teach in, educate in, school in, prime in, indoctrinate in, initiate into, introduce to
    informalgen up on, clue in on, clue up on, put in the picture about, put wise to, give the gen about, give the low-down on, give a rundown of, fill 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
    informalbelt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
    British informalbomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers
    Scottish informalwheech
    North American informalclip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out
    North American vulgar slangdrag/tear/haul ass
    archaicpost, hie
    [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
    informalcrank up
    [Antonyms] hinder, hold up, set back, slow down
  • Phrases

    speed up

    Smith shouted at them to speed up
    [Antonyms] slow down
    hurry up, accelerate, move faster, go faster, drive faster, get a move on, put a spurt on, open it up, increase speed, pick up speed, gather speed;
    British look smart
    North American informalget a wiggle on
    South African informalput foot
    datedmake haste

    speed something up

    the episode speeded up the process of political change See speed (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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