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American English: /spid/
British English: /spiːd/

Translation of speed in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable or uncountable (rate of movement, progress) what speed were you doing?
    ¿a qué velocidad ibas?
    what is its top speed?
    ¿cuál es la velocidad máxima (que da)?
    they set off at top/high speed
    salieron a toda/alta velocidad
    salieron a todo lo que da
    at a speed of …
    a una velocidad de …
    if you carry on at this speed we'll never finish
    si sigues a este paso, no vamos a terminar nunca
    the car performs well at high speed
    el coche responde muy bien a altas velocidades
    to pick up o gather speed
    cobrar or ganar or (especially Spain) coger velocidad
    to lose speed the speed of light/sound to be up to speed
    (performing as expected)
    estar funcionando como se esperaba
    (be fully informed)
    estar al tanto
    to bring somebody up to speed
    poner a alguien al tanto
    Example sentences
    • Everyone began moving at their top speed out of the dungeon and through the halls.
    • It's said that London traffic moves at an average speed of 11 mph, but pedestrian traffic can't be far behind.
    • It does a reasonably good job of this, especially when you consider that there is a broad range of craft in the game, most of which differ in turn rates and top speeds.
    Example sentences
    • I just want to bring you up to speed.
    • The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.
    • Our results also suggest that clonal interference may not have a large effect on the speed of adaptation.
    1.2 (relative quickness) the speed with which the matter was resolved
    la rapidez con la que se resolvió el asunto
    the speed of the players
    la rapidez de los jugadores
    Example sentences
    • The accident happened due to excessive speed, contributed to by the condition of the near side rear tyre.
    • ‘The cause of this collision is due to excessive speed,’ PC Cox said.
    • He said the ‘unfortunate’ accident was due to excessive speed and the torrential rain.
    1.3 countable (in shorthand, typing)
  • 2 countable (Photography)film speed
    sensibilidad (feminine) de la película
    shutter speed
    Example sentences
    • This will provide an extra stop of exposure; remember to set it back to the correct speed once the fog or mist has burned off.
    • Scott also plays with lenses, camera speed and some excellent special effects to heighten the impact of the harrowing fight scenes.
    • As camera speeds became quicker, so the image was transformed.
    Example sentences
    • Films also vary according to their ISO number or film speed: their sensitivity to light.
    • The days of having to carry bulk film around or switch between different film types and speeds is now a distant memory for those who have made the technology leap.
    • He discusses camera types, lenses, focal length, flash, light, digital photographs, and film types and speeds.
  • 3 countable (gear) a five-speed gearbox
    una caja de cambios de cinco marchas or velocidades (feminine)
    a ten-speed bicycle
    una bicicleta con diez marchas or velocidades
    Example sentences
    • The car, named for the unique shape of its footboard, had a single cylinder four horse power engine, two forward speeds and a reverse gear.
    • Even if linked to a typically American automatic gearbox of only four speeds, it has sprightly performance.
    • The most nimble of all Jeeps, it comes with front and rear locking axles, giant tires, and extra low gear speeds.
  • 4 uncountable (amphetamine) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • Aimed at drug users and their families, the film centres on former drug addicts who were addicted to heroin cocaine, speed and ecstasy.
    • Drugs such as speed and cocaine are often mixed together to make a lethal concoction that can destroy lives.
    • Banning parties and blockading raves will not stop a movement, nor will it stop the use of ecstasy, cocaine, speed, heroin and pot for that matter.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle sped

  • 1.1 (go, pass quickly) (+ adverb complement) the car sped off o away around the corner
    el coche se alejó doblando la esquina a toda velocidad
    he sped by o past in his new sports car
    nos pasó a toda velocidad con su nuevo coche deportivo
    the boats sped over the water
    los botes se deslizaban sobre el agua a toda velocidad
    the hours sped by
    las horas pasaron volando
    also: past tense & past participle speeded
    (drive too fast)
    ir a exceso de velocidad
    he was fined for speeding
    lo multaron por exceso de velocidad
    Example sentences
    • She practically speeded to Crystal's house, she had to vent her anger through someone.
    • Gary jumped into the car and Louise threw herself in and they speeded across the town to the restaurant.
    • They speeded out of Jake's neighborhood and on to the road that went into town.
    Example sentences
    • Inching along head-lamp deep, the traffic moves again, speeding up when we reach the dry roads of the South Coast.
    • The heart rate speeds up in order to quickly provide the extra oxygen and nutrients your body will need.
    • I called quickly in return, speeding up to follow him.

transitive verb past tense & past participle speeded

  • 1.1 (hasten) to speed work/production along
    acelerar el trabajo/la producción
    helicopters are being used to speed supplies to the area
    están usando helicópteros para hacer llegar los suministros rápidamente a la zona
    also: past tense & past participle speeded
    to speed somebody on his/her way
    despedir a alguien
    desearle feliz viaje a alguien
    also: past tense & past participle sped
    (grant success) [archaic]God speed
    vaya (usted) con Dios
    Example sentences
    • God speed you to your job in Brussels.
    Example sentences
    • Once again, sorry if I sped things up too quickly, but I can't change my desire to get this story finished.
    • It speeds things up for suspects, can eliminate them more quickly if they are innocent, and means witnesses are not in close proximity to the suspects as they can be under the old system.
    • For months, they have argued they wanted to speed it up, so this woman has this trial very quickly.

Phrasal verbs

speed up

also: past tense & past participle speeded
1verb + adverb 1.1 (move faster)
apretar el paso
we'll have to speed up
tendremos que darnos prisa
tendremos que apurarnos (Latin America)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
meterle prisa a

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