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English definition of “quick”

quick

adjective     /kwɪk/
A2 happening or done with great speed, or lasting only a short time: 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 short time). Could I have a quick word (= speak to you for a short time)? Quick as lightning (= very quickly), he snatched the book and ran out of the room.Short in timeTemporaryFast and rapidShort in time 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.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active B1 describes someone who is clever and understands or notices things quickly: She was quick at understanding what we wanted her to do. He has a quick mind. Glyn's quick thinking (= ability to solve problems with speed) averted what could have been a disaster. → See also quick-wittedIntelligencePerceptive a quick study US informal someone who is able to learn things quickly: He's a quick study and easily grasps all the details of a discussion.Knowing and learningIntelligent people quick-wittedGrammar:Fast, quick or quickly?Fast and quick mean moving with great speed. Fast is both an adjective and an adverb. Quick is an adjective and the adverb form is quickly.See more
(Definition of quick adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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