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tempo 1

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpəʊ/

noun (plural tempos or tempi ˈtɛmpiː)

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'.

Words that rhyme with tempo

downtempo, uptempo

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There are 2 main definitions of tempo in English:

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tempo 2 Line breaks: tempo
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpəʊ/

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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