Meaning of “pace” in the English Dictionary

"pace" in English

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uk /peɪs/ 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 successful company) in the communications industry.
These changes seem to me to be happening at too fast a pace.
I don't like the pace of modern life.
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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 football player or team to move quickly with the ball:

He plays on the right wing and has pace as well as skill.
Chelsea lacked pace up front.

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uk /peɪs/ us /peɪs/

pace verb (SPEED)

[ T ] to get someone to run a race at a particular speed, for example by running with them

pace 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 won their ninth straight game to keep pace with Boston.


us /peɪs/

pace verb (WALK)

[ I/T ] to walk in one direction and then in the opposite direction, often because you are worried or waiting for something to happen:

[ I ] She paced back and forth outside the courtroom.

pace verb (SPEED)

[ T ] to move, happen, or progress:

It was a cheaply produced film, sluggishly paced and poorly acted.

[ T ] To pace a group or the members of a group is to lead them or stay even 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 /peɪs/ us

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.

paceverb [ T ]

uk /peɪs/ us
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 achievable goals are the keys to success in this business.

(Definition of “pace” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Having said that, we are wary of the slow pace of this reconstruction, since it could jeopardise the stability necessary for the development of the country.
In order to keep pace with the present breakneck speed at which technology is developing, it is not only desirable but essential to keep the dialogue going.
But, what sort of president would slow down or increase the pace of the votes depending on how this could affect the outcome?
We are sure that we can maintain the necessary pace while simultaneous achieving the understanding and the support required for fully effective implementation of the essential changes.
The opening of the telecommunications market has gathered pace since the second half of the 1990s, noticeably improving the level of services.
I feel we have achieved the necessary balance and we can allow the service to develop at an acceptable pace that will give everyone what they need and require.
The multiplier effect is going to mean that the pace of climate change is going to accelerate and there is little we can do.
Good intentions are being translated into increasingly concrete activities, and the development of the rapid reaction force is progressing at a steady pace.
Let us hasten slowly and be sure we have replacements, rather than moving at a pace which will drive people into veterinary medicines, away from their current practices.
Nevertheless, will this mean that negotiations will proceed at a pace that will, in our view, make it possible for ambitious objectives to be achieved in 2004?