Other forms: paces; paced; pacing

Pace is how fast something travels a particular distance, like a runner who tries to achieve a consistent pace, running each mile in more or less the same amount of time.

Pace comes from the Latin word passus, meaning “a step.” Pace is a noun, meaning "the speed at which something happens." Some say city life has a faster pace because everyone hurries and there are so many exciting things to do. Pace is also a verb — if you pace yourself, you’ll have enough energy to experience all of that city's sights, from the rush of rush hour to the late-night party scene.

Definitions of pace
  1. noun
    the relative speed of progress or change
    “he lived at a fast pace
    “the pace of events accelerated”
    synonyms: clip, rate
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    fastness, speed, swiftness
    a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens
    a regular rate of repetition
    celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness
    a rate that is rapid
    deliberateness, deliberation, slowness, unhurriedness
    a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
    the pace of things that move relatively slowly
    rapidity of movement
    immediacy, immediateness, instancy, instantaneousness
    the quickness of action or occurrence
    despatch, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness
    the property of being prompt and efficient
    promptitude, promptness
    the characteristic of doing things without delay
    haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, precipitation
    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
    execution speed
    (computer science) the speed with which a computational device can execute instructions; measured in MIPS
    graduality, gradualness
    the quality of being gradual or of coming about by gradual stages
    slowness by virtue of being leisurely
    dilatoriness, procrastination
    slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
    type of:
    temporal property
    a property relating to time
  2. noun
    the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
    synonyms: gait
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    quick time
    a normal marching pace of 120 steps per minute
    double time
    a fast marching pace (180 steps/min) or slow jog
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    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
  3. noun
    the rate of some repeating event
    synonyms: tempo
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    M.M., beats per minute, bpm, metronome marking
    the pace of music measured by the number of beats occurring in 60 seconds
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    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
  4. noun
    a step in walking or running
    synonyms: stride, tread
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    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
  5. noun
    the distance covered by a step
    “he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig”
    synonyms: footstep, step, stride
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    type of:
    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  6. verb
    regulate or set the pace of
    Pace your efforts”
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    determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
    shape or influence; give direction to
  7. verb
    go at a pace
    “The horse paced
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    go at a canter, of horses
    walk at a pace
    rack, single-foot
    go at a rack
    go at galloping speed
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  8. verb
    walk with slow or fast paces
    “He paced up and down the hall”
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    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  9. noun
    a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
    synonyms: yard
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    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  10. verb
    measure (distances) by pacing
    synonyms: step
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    measure, quantify
    express as a number or measure or quantity
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