- 1moving or able to move quickly
- 2done in a short amount of time
- 3not eating any food or very little food for a period of time, usually for religious or health reasons
Using fast: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fast" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The cheetah is the fastest land animal.
She finished the race in record time, running very fast.
He's a fast learner and picks up new skills quickly.
She's fasting for Ramadan.
I need to take a fast shower before we leave.
fast Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using fast
Despite the challenges, she held fast to her beliefs and values.
He's been playing fast and loose with his finances, spending more than he earns.
I thought I was getting a good deal, but it turns out he pulled a fast one on me.
Phrases with fast
The baby was fast asleep in her crib.
The storm hit fast and furious, causing widespread damage.
We grabbed some fast food on the way home from the movie theater.
Origins of fast
from Old English 'fæst', meaning 'firmly fixed'
Summary: fast in Brief
The term 'fast' [fæst] can be used as an adjective or adverb to describe quickness in movement or time, as in 'The cheetah is the fastest land animal.' It can also refer to abstaining from food for religious or health reasons, as in 'She's fasting for Ramadan.' Phrases like 'fast asleep' and idioms like 'hold fast' extend the meaning to deep sleep and firm commitment, respectively. 'Fast' can also be used to describe food that is prepared and served quickly, as in 'We grabbed some fast food on the way home.'