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pace

noun uk   /peɪs/ us  

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 a bit - 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.
See also
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.

pace noun (STEP)

[C] a single step, or the distance you move when you take a single step: Take two paces forwards/backwards. The runner collapsed just a few paces from the finish.

pace

verb uk   /peɪs/ us  

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.

pace verb (STEP)

C2 [I + adv/prep, T] to walk with regular steps in one direction and then back again, usually because you are worried or nervous: He paced the room nervously. He paced up and down, waiting for the doctor to call.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of pace from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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