- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal) to move or go somewhere very fast synonym rush, whizz Traffic zoomed past us. For five weeks they zoomed around Europe. She spends her time zooming around the country.
- 2[intransitive] zoom (up) (to…) (informal) (of prices, costs, etc.) to increase a lot quickly and suddenly House prices have zoomed up this year. Shares zoomed from 1567p to 1700p. Word Origin late 19th cent.: imitative. Phrasal Verbszoom in
BrE BrE//zuːm//; NAmE NAmE//zuːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they zoom
BrE BrE//zuːm//; NAmE NAmE//zuːm//he / she / it zooms
BrE BrE//zuːmz//; NAmE NAmE//zuːmz//past simple zoomed
BrE BrE//zuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//zuːmd//past participle zoomed
BrE BrE//zuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//zuːmd//-ing form zooming
BrE BrE//ˈzuːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈzuːmɪŋ//