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

     

    pace1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//peɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pace
    BrE BrE//peɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪs//
     
    he / she / it paces
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪsɪz//
     
    past simple paced
    BrE BrE//peɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪst//
     
    past participle paced
    BrE BrE//peɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪst//
     
    -ing form pacing
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪsɪŋ//
     
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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 skilfully. One runner was selected to pace the race. See related entries: Athletics
  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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French pas, from Latin passus ‘stretch (of the leg)’, from pandere ‘to stretch’.Extra examples He paced slowly back and forth. She began pacing around the room. She paced restlessly up and down. Ella got up and started pacing around the room. He paced back and forth in the yard. He was pacing the room like a caged animal. He’s good at pacing his game. She paced up and down outside the interview room. Phrasal Verbspace off something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pace