Definition of speed verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spiːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spiːd//
    In senses 1 and 2 sped
    BrE BrE//sped//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sped//
    is also used for the past tense and past participle.
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they speed
    BrE BrE//spiːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spiːd//
    he / she / it speeds
    BrE BrE//spiːdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spiːdz//
    past simple speeded
    BrE BrE//ˈspiːdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspiːdɪd//
    past participle speeded
    BrE BrE//ˈspiːdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspiːdɪd//
    -ing form speeding
    BrE BrE//ˈspiːdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspiːdɪŋ//
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    move/happen quickly
  1. 1  [intransitive] + adv./prep. (formal) to move along quickly The car sped along the road towards the village. He sped away on his bike. They sped off to get help.
  2. 2  [transitive] speed somebody/something + adv./prep. (formal) to take somebody/something somewhere very quickly, especially in a vehicle The cab speeded them into the centre of the city.
  3. 3  [transitive] speed something (formal) to make something happen more quickly The drugs will speed her recovery.
  4. drive too fast
  5. 4  [intransitive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) to drive faster than the speed that is legally allowed The police caught him speeding.
  6. Word OriginOld English spēd (noun), spēdan (verb), from the Germanic base of Old English spōwan ‘prosper, succeed’, a sense reflected in early usage.Extra examples He couldn’t hear the car that was speeding towards him. I sped back to her house as fast as I could, but she had already gone. Jock sped away on his bike. More is needed to speed the development of a safe and effective vaccine. The daring new technique dramatically speeded up the construction process. Phrasal Verbsspeed up
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