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See also -fast, fást, and fäst

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English

Most common English words: spent « soldiers « speech « #878: fast » middle » effort » race

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English fæstan (verb), from Proto-Germanic *fastējan. Cognate with Dutch vasten, German fasten, Old Norse fasta, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽. The noun is probably from Old Norse fasta.

Verb

Infinitive
to fast

Third person singular
fasts

Simple past
fasted

Past participle
fasted

Present participle
fasting

to fast (third-person singular simple present fasts, present participle fasting, simple past and past participle fasted)

  1. (intransitive) To abstain from or eat very little food; to abstain from food for religious reasons.
    • 2007, John Zerzan, Silence, p. 3,
      It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.
Translations

Noun

Singular
fast

Plural
fasts

fast (plural fasts)

  1. The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food.
  2. The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food.
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Etymology 2

Old English fæst (adj), fæste (adv), from Proto-Germanic *fastu-, from Proto-Indo-European *pasto- (solid).

Cognate via Germanic with Dutch vast, German fest, Icelandic (and Faroese) fastur, Norwegian fast, and Swedish fast. Cognate via PIE with Armenian հաստ (hast), thick) and Sanskrit पस्त्य (pastyá).

The development of “rapid” from an original sense of “secure” apparently happened first in the adverb and then transferred to the adjective; compare hard in expressions like “to run hard”. The original sense of “secure” is now archaic, but retained in the related fasten (make secure).

Adjective

fast (comparative faster, superlative fastest)

  1. (archaic) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable. [from 9th c.]
    That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!
  2. Of people: steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".) [from 10th c.]
  3. Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid. [from 14th c.]
    I am going to buy a fast car.
  4. (obsolete) Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people). [16th-19th c.]
  5. Of dyes or colours: not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent. [from 17th c.]
    All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.
  6. (colloquial) Having an extravagent lifestyle or immoral habits. [from 18th c.]
    She's fast – she slept with him on their first date..
  7. Ahead of the correct time or schedule. [from 19th c.]
    There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
  8. (of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average. [from 20th c.]
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (occurring or happening within a short time): slow
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule): slow, behind
  • (firmly or securely fixed in place): loose
  • (of sleep: deep or sound): light
Derived terms

(bound, secured):

(rapid):

Translations
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Adverb

fast (comparative faster, superlative fastest)

  1. In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved. [from 10th c.]
    Hold this rope as fast as you can.
  2. (of sleeping) Deeply or soundly. [from 13th c.]
    He is fast asleep.
  3. Immediately following in place or time; close, very near. [from 13th c.]
    The horsemen came fast on our heels.
  4. Quickly, with great speed; within a short time. [from 13th c.]
    Do it as fast as you can.
  5. Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
    I think my watch is running fast.
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (quickly): slowly
  • (in a firm or secure manner): loosely
  • (of sleeping: deeply or soundly): lightly
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule): behind
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Noun

Singular
fast

Plural
fasts

fast (plural fasts)

  1. (British, rail transport) A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations.
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Interjection

fast

  1. (archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target.
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Anagrams


Danish

Adjective

fast

  1. firm
  2. solid
  3. tight
  4. fixed
  5. permanent
  6. regular

Derived terms

  • fastansat (adjective)
  • fasthed c.
  • fastlægge (verb)
  • fastsætte (verb)

German

Etymology

Old High German fasto, compare fest. Cognate with English adverb fast.

Pronunciation

Adverb

fast

  1. almost; nearly
    Fast 60 Spielfilme sind zu sehen. — “There are almost 60 feature films to see.”
  2. (in a negative clause) hardly

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (almost, nearly): ganz

Norwegian

Adjective

fast

  1. solid, steady,firm
    fast telefon - fixed phone

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adjective

Inflections of
fast
Absolute Comparative Superlative
Attributive Predicative
Indefinite
singular
Common fast fastare fastast
Neuter fast
Definite
singular
Masc. faste fastaste
All fasta fastaste
Plural fasta fastaste

fast

  1. caught (unable to move freely), captured
    Bankrånaren är nu fast = The bank robber has now been caught (by the police)
  2. Firm; fastened; unmoving
    Ge mig en fast punkt, och jag skall flytta världen = Give me one firm spot, and I'll move the world

Related terms

  • fastna
  • fäst
  • fästa
  • fäste

Conjunction

fast

  1. although, even though

Related terms


Simple English

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