Synonyms of speed in English:


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1‘Lesley grew frustrated at the slow speed of their progress’


rate, pace, tempo, momentum

2‘we were grateful for the speed of the government's response’


rapidity, swiftness, speediness, alacrity, quickness, fastness, celerity, velocity, dispatch, promptness, immediacy, expeditiousness, expedition, briskness, sharpness

haste, hurry, hurriedness, precipitateness


informal lick, clip

literary fleetness

rare alacritousness


slowness, dilatoriness


1‘I sped back home’


hurry, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whirl, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble

informal belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, scorch, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell

British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers

Scottish informal wheech

North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, get the lead out

North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass

literary fleet

archaic post, hie

rare drive


amble, stroll

2‘Cook was over the limit and he was speeding’


drive too fast, exceed the speed limit, break the speed limit

3‘a short holiday will speed his recovery’


hasten, expedite, speed up, hurry up, accelerate, step up, advance, further, forward, promote, boost, give a boost to, stimulate, aid, assist, help along, facilitate

informal crank up


hinder, hold up, set back, slow down


    keep/bring someone up to speed on/with

      ‘she keeps the sales staff up to speed on agronomic issues’


      familiarize, make conversant, acquaint, get up to date, keep up to date

      accustom to, habituate to, instruct in, coach in, train in, teach in, educate in, school in, prime in, indoctrinate in, initiate into, introduce to

      gen up on, clue in on, clue up on, put in the picture about, put wise to, give the gen about, give the low-down on, give a rundown of, fill in on

    speed up

      ‘Smith shouted at them to speed up’


      hurry up, accelerate, move faster, go faster, drive faster, get a move on, put a spurt on, open it up, increase speed, pick up speed, gather speed


      look smart


      get cracking, get moving, step on it, step on the gas, shake a leg, rattle one's dags

      British informal

      get one's skates on, stir one's stumps

      North American informal

      get a wiggle on

      South African informal

      put foot


      make haste


      slow down

    speed something up

      ‘the episode speeded up the process of political change’

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