Meaning of “rapid” in the English Dictionary

"rapid" in British English

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uk /ˈræp.ɪd/ us /ˈræp.ɪd/

B2 fast or sudden:

The 1990s were a period of rapid change/growth.
I was startled by a rapid movement to my left.
His response to the accusation was rapid.

More examples

  • Her climb to power has been very rapid.
  • The rapid growth of opposition to the plan has surprised the council.
  • The report notes a rapid decline in manufactured goods.
  • She had her first three children in rapid succession.
  • Technological progress has been so rapid over the last few years.
noun [ U ] uk /rəˈpɪd.ə.ti/ us /rəˈpɪd.ə.t̬i/ formal
adverb uk /ˈræp.ɪ us /ˈræp.ɪ

(Definition of “rapid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rapid" in American English

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us /ˈræp·ɪd/

quick or sudden:

rapid growth
There’s been rapid change in China.
We kept up a rapid pace.
adverb us /ˈræp·ɪd·li/

Males grow more rapidly than females.

(Definition of “rapid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)