quick Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “quick” in the English Dictionary

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uk   us   /kwɪk/
A2 happening or done with ​greatspeed, or ​lasting only a ​shorttime: 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 ​shorttime). Could I have a quick word (= ​speak to you for a ​shorttime)? 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 atunderstanding what we ​wanted her to do. He has a quick ​mind. Donna's quick thinking (= ​ability to ​solveproblems 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 ​easilygrasps all the ​details of a ​discussion.
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noun [U]
the quickness of his ​movements her quickness to ​understand


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


quickly: We ​bought it quick, before someone ​else could.

quicknoun [U]

uk   us   /kwɪk/
(Definition of quick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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quickadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /kwɪk/
done, ​happening, or ​movingfast; ​lasting only a ​shorttime: She ​cast a quick ​glance in the ​mirror. You’re back already – that was quick! He made a quick ​profit. [+ to infinitive] John was quick to ​point out the ​error.
adverb  us   /kwɪk/
not standard We ​bought it quick, before someone ​else could.
exclamation  us   /kwɪk/
Quick! Close the ​door before the ​dog gets out!
adverb  us   /ˈkwɪk·li/
Emergency ​workers were on the ​scene quickly.
noun [U]  us   /ˈkwɪk·nəs/
She moves with quickness, ​balance, and ​grace.
(Definition of quick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “quick”
in Korean 빠른…
in Arabic سَريع…
in Malaysian cepat…
in French rapide…
in Russian быстрый, короткий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 快的,迅速的, 短暫的, 反應快的…
in Italian rapido, veloce…
in Turkish çabuk, hızlı, hemen yapılan…
in Polish szybki…
in Spanish rápido…
in Vietnamese mau chóng, nhanh, giỏi…
in Portuguese rápido…
in Thai รวดเร็ว, ที่ว่องไว, ฉับไว…
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…
in Indonesian cepat…
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