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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpəʊ
 
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noun (plural tempos or tempi /-piː/)

1 Music The speed at which a passage of music is or should be played.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2The rate or speed of motion or activity; pace: the tempo of life dictated by a heavy workload
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

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tempo2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpəʊ
 
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noun (plural tempos)

trademark
(In South Asia) a light three-wheeled delivery van.
Example sentences
  • Motorcycles, cars, tempos and lorries are vying for parking space.
  • The only vehicles with whom I lose out are call centre cabs and tempos.
  • About forty-five vehicles, including motorbikes, auto-rickshaws and tempos, were burned

Origin

an invented word.

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