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Definition 1: abstaining from food - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

(fast is a kind of ...) act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

(... is a kind of fast ) the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)

(... is a kind of fast ) a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest

(... is a kind of fast ) (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan

Definition 2: abstain from eating - [verb of consumption]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Before the medical exam, you must fast

(fast is a kind of ...) choose not to consume

"I abstain from alcohol"

(... is a kind of fast ) eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight

Definition 3: abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons - [verb of consumption]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Catholics sometimes fast during Lent

(fast is a kind of ...) choose not to consume

"I abstain from alcohol"

(... is a kind of fast ) follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons

"He has high blood pressure and must stick to a low-salt diet"

Definition 4: acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fast film
  • on the fast track in school
  • set a fast pace
  • a fast car

(fast is similar to ...) performed with little or no delay

"an immediate reply to my letter" "a prompt reply" "was quick to respond" "a straightaway denial"

(fast is similar to ...) very fast; as if with wings

"on winged feet"

(fast is similar to ...) quick and brisk

"I gave him a smart salute" "we walked at a smart pace"

(fast is similar to ...) characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed

"a rapid movement" "a speedy car" "a speedy errand boy"

(fast is similar to ...) done or occurring in a brief period of time

"a rapid rise through the ranks"

(fast is similar to ...) accomplished rapidly and without delay

"was quick to make friends" "his quick reaction prevented an accident" "hoped for a speedy resolution of the problem" "a speedy recovery" "he has a right to a speedy trial"

(fast is similar to ...) like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience

"a meteoric rise to fame"

(fast is similar to ...) occurring with no delay

"relief was instantaneous" "instant gratification"

(fast is similar to ...) moving with great haste

"affection for this hurrying driving...little man" "lashed the scurrying horses"

(fast is similar to ...) operating at high speed

"a high-speed food processor" "a high-velocity shell"

(fast is similar to ...) moving very fast

"fleet of foot" "the fleet scurrying of squirrels" "a swift current" "swift flight of an arrow" "a swift runner"

(fast is similar to ...) speeded up, as of an academic course

"in an accelerated program in school"

(fast is similar to ...) quick and eager

"an alacritous response to the invitation"

(fast is similar to ...) very fast; capable of quick response and great speed

"a hot sports car" "a blistering pace" "got off to a hot start" "in hot pursuit" "a red-hot line drive"

(fast is similar to ...) (of a marching cadence) very quick

(fast is similar to ...) without unnecessary stops

"an express train" "an express shipment"

(fast is similar to ...) occurring rapidly as a series of events in rapid succession

"the broadcast was interrupted by a fast-breaking news story about the invasion"

(fast is similar to ...) of communication that proceeds rapidly

"a fast-paced talker" "fast-paced fiction"

(fast is similar to ...) resembling the wind in speed, force, or variability

"a windy dash home"

(means also ...) happening without warning or in a short space of time

"a sudden storm" "a sudden decision" "a sudden cure"

(means also ...) moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste

"a hurried trip to the store" "the hurried life of a city" "a hurried job"

(... are attributes of fast) a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens

"the project advanced with gratifying speed"

Definition 5: at a rapid tempo - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the band played a fast fox trot

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) fast

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) faster than allegro

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) moderately fast

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) very fast

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) as fast as possible

(fast is similar to ...) (of tempo) very fast and lively

(fast belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 6: (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my watch is fast

Definition 7: quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form) - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how fast can he get here?
  • ran as fast as he could
  • needs medical help fast
  • fast-running rivers
  • fast-breaking news
  • fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters

Definition 8: firmly or closely - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • held fast to the rope
  • her foot was stuck fast
  • held tight

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

Definition 9: (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fast lens

(fast is similar to ...) producing an effect

"poverty as a causative factor in crime"

Definition 10: unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a firm ally
  • loyal supporters
  • the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe
  • fast friends

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

(fast is similar to ...) steadfast in affection or allegiance

"years of faithful service" "faithful employees" "we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor"

Definition 11: securely fixed in place - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the post was still firm after being hit by the car

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

(fast is similar to ...) securely placed or fastened or set

"a fixed piece of wood" "a fixed resistor"

Definition 12: hurried and brief - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • paid a flying visit
  • took a flying glance at the book
  • a quick inspection
  • a fast visit

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

(fast is similar to ...) moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste

"a hurried trip to the store" "the hurried life of a city" "a hurried job"

Definition 13: unrestrained by convention or morality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
  • deplorably dissipated and degraded
  • riotous living
  • fast women

Synonyms for fast in the sense of this definition

(fast is similar to ...) deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

Definition 14: resistant to destruction or fading - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fast colors

(fast is similar to ...) not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

"a material impervious to water" "someone impervious to argument"

Definition 15: (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fast or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fast road
  • grass courts are faster than clay

(fast is similar to ...) having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities

"smooth skin" "a smooth tabletop" "smooth fabric" "a smooth road" "water as smooth as a mirror"

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