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British English: /fɑːst/
American English: /fæst/

Translation of fast in French:


  • (abstinence) to break one's fast
    rompre le jeûne


  • 1 (speedy) a fast train
    un express
    a fast time
    un bon temps
    to be a fast walker/reader/writer
    marcher/lire/écrire vite
    he's a fast worker (informal)
    ça ne traîne pas avec lui
    (in seduction)
    il ne perd pas son temps
  • 2 (Sport)
    (court, pitch, track)
  • 3 (ahead of time) See examples: my watch is fast
    ma montre avance
    you're five minutes fast
    ta montre avance de cinq minutes
  • 5 (Photography)
    (film, exposure)
  • 6 (firm) (jamais épith)
    (door, lid)
    bien fermé
    bien attaché
    to make something fast
    amarrer quelque chose
  • 8 (permanent) See examples:is this dye fast?
    est-ce que c'est du grand teint?


  • 1 (rapidly)
    (move, speak, write)
    how fast can you knit/read?
    est-ce que tu tricotes/lis vite?
    I need help fast
    j'ai besoin d'aide tout de suite
    I ran as fast as my legs would carry me
    je me suis sauvé à toutes jambes
    these customs are fast disappearing
    ces coutumes se perdent
    education is fast becoming a luxury
    l'éducation va bientôt devenir un luxe
    the time is fast approaching when I will do
    dans peu de temps je ferai
    not so fast!
    minute (informal)!
    as fast as I make the toast, he eats it
    il mange les toasts à mesure que je les fais
    I couldn't get out of there fast enough (informal)!
    je n'avais qu'une hâte, c'était de partir!

intransitive verb

also: fast by adverb phrase

  • [literary]
    tout à côté de


to pull a fast one on somebody

rouler quelqu'un

he pulled a fast one on me

je me suis fait rouler (informal) or avoir

to play fast and loose

to play fast and loose with somebody

traiter quelqu'un à la légère

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