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quick

adjective uk   /kwɪk/ us  
A2 happening or done with great speed, or lasting only a short time: It's a quick journey. I had a quick coffee and left the house. I only had time for a quick glance at the paper this morning. He scored three goals in quick succession (= one after the other in a short time). Could I have a quick word (= speak to you for a short time)? Quick as lightning (= very quickly), he snatched the book and ran out of the room.A1 doing something fast: I tried to catch him but he was too quick for me.be quick to do sth to do something fast, sometimes too fast: She was quick to point out that it wasn't her fault.B1 used to describe someone who is clever and understands or notices things quickly: She was quick at understanding what we wanted her to do. He has a quick mind. Glyn's quick thinking (= ability to solve problems with speed) averted what could have been a disaster.
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a quick study US informal someone who is able to learn things quickly: He's a quick study and easily grasps all the details of a discussion.
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quickness
noun [U]
the quickness of his movements her quickness to understand

quick

exclamation uk   /kwɪk/ us  
used for telling someone to do something quickly: Quick! Close the door before the cat comes in!

quick

adverb /kwɪk/ NOT STANDARD
quickly: We bought it quick, before someone else could.

quick

Translations of “quick”
in Korean 빠른…
in Arabic سَريع…
in French rapide…
in Turkish çabuk, hızlı, hemen yapılan…
in Italian rapido, veloce…
in Chinese (Traditional) 快的,迅速的, 短暫的, 反應快的…
in Russian быстрый, короткий…
in Polish szybki…
in Spanish rápido…
in Portuguese rápido…
in German schnell…
in Catalan ràpid…
in Japanese 速い, 迅速な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 快的,迅速的, 短暂的, 反应快的…
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