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Definition of quick adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (quicker, quickest)
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  1. 1done with speed; taking or lasting a short time She gave him a quick glance. These cakes are very quick and easy to make. Would you like a quick drink? The doctor said she'd make a quick recovery. It's quicker by train. Are you sure this is the quickest way? Have you finished already? That was quick! His quick thinking saved her life. He fired three shots in quick succession.
  2. 2moving or doing something fast a quick learner quick (to do something) The kids were quick to learn. She was quick (= too quick) to point out the mistakes I'd made. Her quick hands suddenly stopped moving. Try to be quick! We're late already. Once again, his quick wits (= quick thinking) got him out of an awkward situation. (informal) He's a quick study (= he learns quickly).
  3. 3[only before noun] happening very soon or without delay We need to make a quick decision. The company wants quick results. There isn't a quick fix (= a quick and easy solution) for this problem. Which Word?fast / quick / rapidThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns:
    fast ~quick ~rapid ~
    Fast is used especially to describe a person or thing that moves or is able to move at great speed. Quick is more often used to describe something that is done in a short time or without delay. Rapid, swift, and speedy are more formal words. Rapid is most commonly used to describe the speed at which something changes. It is not used to describe the speed at which something moves or is done:a rapid train We had a rapid coffee. Swift usually describes something that happens or is done quickly and immediately:a swift decision The government took swift action. Speedy has a similar meaning:a speedy recovery. It is used less often to talk about the speed at which something moves:a speedy car For the use of fast and quick as adverbs, see the usage note at quick.
  4. Idioms
      be quick/fast on the draw
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    1. 1(informal) to be quick to understand or react in a new situation You can't fool him— he's always quick on the draw.
    2. 2to be quick at pulling out a gun in order to shoot it
    be quick/slow on the uptake (informal)
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    to be quick/slow to understand something Is he always this slow on the uptake?
    make a fast/quick buck (informal) (often disapproving)
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    to earn money quickly and easily This is a long-term project. We are not out to make a quick buck.
    quick and dirty (informal)
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    used to describe something that is usually complicated, but is being done quickly and simply in this case Read our quick-and-dirty guide to creating a Web site.
    quick/slow off the mark
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    fast/slow in reacting to a situation If you're quick off the mark in answering these questions, you could win a prize.
    to have a quick temper
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    to become angry easily
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: quick