pace

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
pace

Plural
paces

  1. (countable)(usually singular) The pace of something is how fast it moves.
    The pace of change has been very, very slow.
    Today, the pace of life is so much faster than it used to be.
    They were frustrated at the pace of development that was taking place there.
  2. (countable)(usually singular) Somebody's pace is their speed, usually walking.
    He quickened his pace, almost running.
    The man's long legs forced Kev to pick up his pace.
  3. (countable) A pace is the distance between your feet when you walk.
    She stopped three paces from the table.

Verb[change]

Plain form
pace

Third-person singular
paces

Past tense
paced

Past participle
paced

Present participle
pacing

  1. Walk back and forth in a small space.
    • Groups of men, in all imaginable attitudes, were lying, standing, sitting, or pacing up and down.
  2. Set the speed in a race.
  3. Measure by walking.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpɑːtʃe/ or /ˈpɑːke/

Preposition[change]

Preposition
pace

  1. Contrary to the opinion of; Used to express polite disagreement
    Nor, pace Bush, must all countries be with America or against it.

Usage[change]

  • This is usually considered to be a foreign word (Latin) and is often written in italics to indicate this:
    Nor, pace Bush, must all countries be with America or against it.