Definition of up to speed in US English:

up to speed


  • 1Operating at full speed.

    • ‘It could be argued that we weren't giving the coolers enough time to get fully up to speed.’
    • ‘I only had three hours of tech rehearsal, and that's usually a full load getting the sound and light cues up to speed for one show, much less four.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person or company) performing at an anticipated rate or level.
      • ‘One member regularly gives an elementary school-aged boy the one-on-one attention he needs to bring his reading skills up to speed.’
      • ‘Fortunately, several training courses are now offered in eastern Canada to help machine operators come up to speed more quickly.’
      • ‘I expect to be up to speed very quickly and to meet the Government's review timetable.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) fully informed or up to date.
      ‘that reminds me to bring you up to speed on the soap opera’
      • ‘If you are self-employed you should get advice from a good professional if you are not up to speed on pension products and their performance.’
      • ‘A class description or a short chat with your instructor should bring you up to speed.’
      • ‘He and his team now spend time educating people and bringing the company up to speed on grid-computing procedures.’
      • ‘Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about I'll try and bring you up to speed.’
      • ‘This is most common at large companies that don't want to spend the time to get a newcomer up to speed with the operations of a large public company only to then rehire again.’
      • ‘Bring us up to speed on the investigation as to where we are now.’
      • ‘When a firm takes on a new graduate it expects him or her to be up to speed with the latest theories and technologies.’
      • ‘We'll keep you fully up to speed on what's happening.’
      • ‘She'll bring us up to speed on the third incident.’
      • ‘Now pilots or crew chiefs moving to another aircraft type will be able to quickly get up to speed on any differences in how the new aircraft operates in a combat zone.’
      familiarize, make conversant, acquaint, get up to date, keep up to date
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