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Meaning of “pace” in the English Dictionary

"pace" in British English

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pacenoun

uk   us   /peɪs/
  • pace noun (SPEED)

B2 [U] the ​speed at which someone or something ​moves, or with which something ​happens or ​changes: a ​slow/​fast pace When she ​thought she ​heard someone ​following her, she quickened her pace. Could you ​slow down - I can't keep pace with (= ​walk or ​run as ​fast as) you. For many ​years this ​company has set the pace (= has been the most ​successfulcompany) in the ​communicationsindustry. These ​changesseem to me to be ​happening at too ​fast a pace. I don't like the pace ofmodernlife.
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force the pace to make other ​people in a ​race go ​faster by going ​faster yourself [U] the ​ability of a ​footballplayer or ​team to ​movequickly with the ​ball: He ​plays on the ​rightwing and has pace as well as ​skill. Chelsea ​lacked pace up ​front.

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paceverb

uk   us   /peɪs/
  • pace verb (SPEED)

[T] to get someone to ​run a ​race at a ​particularspeed, for ​example by ​running with thempace yourself C2 to be ​careful not to do something too ​quickly, so that you do not get too ​tired to ​finish it: No more ​soup, ​thank you. I'm pacing myself so that I have ​room for a ​dessert.
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(Definition of pace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pace" in American English

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pacenoun [U]

 us   /peɪs/
  • pace noun [U] (SPEED)

the ​speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something ​happens or ​changes: She ​walks four ​miles every ​day at a ​brisk pace. You ​seem to be ​working at a ​slower pace than ​normal.keep pace To ​keep pace is to be in the same ​position as someone or something ​else as each progresses or moves ​forward: fig. The Orioles ​wontheir ninth ​straightgame to ​keep pace with Boston.

paceverb

 us   /peɪs/
  • pace verb (WALK)

[I/T] to ​walk in one ​direction and then in the ​oppositedirection, often because you are ​worried or ​waiting for something to ​happen: [I] She paced back and ​forthoutside the ​courtroom.
  • pace verb (SPEED)

[T] to move, ​happen, or ​progress: It was a ​cheaplyproducedfilm, sluggishly paced and poorly ​acted. [T] To pace a ​group or the ​members of a ​group is to ​lead them or ​stayeven with them: Smith ​scored 17 ​points to pace ​North Springs to a 78-38 ​victory.
(Definition of pace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pace" in Business English

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pacenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /peɪs/
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 ​globaleconomiccrisis 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 ​assemblyline, a ​team of ​qualitycontrollers puts them through their paces. The ​interviewpanel will put all ​candidates through their paces especially in relation to ​financialskills.
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 ​virtualtechnology.

paceverb [T]

uk   us   /peɪs/
pace yourself to ​try not to do things too quickly so that you have enough ​energy to be able to complete your ​task successfully: Pacing yourself and setting ​achievablegoals are the ​keys to ​success in this ​business.
(Definition of pace from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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