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Definition of pace verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    see also pace2Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pace
    he / she / it paces
    past simple paced
    -ing form pacing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to walk up and down in a small area many times, especially because you are feeling nervous or angry + adv./prep. She paced up and down outside the room. pace something Ted paced the floor restlessly.
  2. 2[transitive] pace something to set the speed at which something happens or develops He paced his game skillfully. One runner was selected to pace the race.
  3. 3[transitive] pace yourself to find the right speed or rhythm for your work or an activity so that you have enough energy to do what you have to do He'll have to learn to pace himself in this job.
  4. Phrasal Verbspace somethingoff/out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pace