› the speed at which something happens or is done: a fast/rapid pace a slow/leisurely/sustainable pace Their economy is expanding at an increasing pace. They are struggling to keep up with the pace of change in the industry.
force the pace › to make things happen more quickly or to force other people to do things more quickly: New technologies are forcing the pace of globalization. There will be no attempt to force the pace at next week's meeting.
keep pace with sb/sth › to manage to do things at the same time or speed as someone else, or as quickly as necessary: They simply can't keep pace with the competition. We need to keep pace with the latest IT developments.
pick up/gather pace › to start to happen more quickly: The recovery from the global economic crisis is now gathering pace.
put sb/sth through their paces › to make someone show you their skills and knowledge, or to test how well something works: As the machines come off the assembly line, a team of quality controllers puts them through their paces. The interview panel will put all candidates through their paces especially in relation to financial skills.
set the pace › to be the first to do new things or to do them particularly well, so that other people or organizations have to follow your example if they want to succeed: The company has set the pace for flexibility and rapid turnaround of orders. The department is setting the pace with its use of virtual technology.