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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Verb: Old English fæstan. Cognate with Dutch vasten, German fasten, Old Norse fasta, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽.

Noun

Singular
fast

Plural
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fast ({{{1}}})
  1. the act or practice of abstaining from or eating very little food
  2. the period of time when one abstains from or eats very little food
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Verb

Infinitive
to fast

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fast (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) to abstain from or eat very little food; to abstain from food for religious reasons.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 3.
      It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.
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Etymology 2

Old English fæst, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch vast, German fest, Old Norse fastr. For temporal meanings compare similar use of hard.

Adjective

fast (comparative faster, superlative fastest)

Positive
fast

Comparative
faster

Superlative
fastest

  1. occurring or happening within a short time
    It only took me ten minutes to get to the airport. -- That is fast indeed.
  2. capable of moving with great speed
    My husband is going to buy a fast car.
  3. firmly or securely fixed in place
    The dog is choking. I think her collar is too fast.
  4. ahead of the correct time or schedule.
    There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) more sensitive to light than average
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) deep or sound
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) inseparable
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person (usually a woman) who consents to sexual activity, often with anyone, much more rapidly than others
    I only had to go out with her for two dates before we went to bed together. Man, she's fast.
Antonyms
  • (occurring or happening within a short time): slow
  • (firmly or securely fixed in place): loose
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule): behind
  • (of sleep: deep or sound): light
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Usage notes

With respect to the definition "consents to sexual activity", the words fast and easy are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. And the terms are subjective, they are based on the typical customs for the society where they are used. Where someone offers less reluctance than is normally expected, they may be considered easy. Where someone is more readily interested, but not necessarily less reluctant, they may be considered fast. Or both, depending on the circumstances.

For example, if it is typical practice in a society for someone to show that they are of the type with whom it is acceptable to be having sex, by offering gifts, attention or other symbolic representations of value, and the person being wooed doesn't require them, but is essentially willing to do so if asked or wants to do so as soon as meeting the other person, that might be considered easy. However, where someone expects attention such as dating, if typical practice in a society is, if the other person is acceptable, to engage in sexual activity after three or four dates, someone who does so on the second date might be considered fast but might not be considered easy. Someone who does on the first date might be considered either, or perhaps both.

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Noun

Singular
fast

Plural
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fast ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK, rail transport) a train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations.
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Interjection

fast

  1. (archery) stop shooting; do not release any arrows.
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Etymology 3

Old English fæste, from the same Germanic root as Etymology 2, above. Cognate with Dutch vast, German fast (almost).

Adverb

fast (comparative faster, superlative fastest)

Positive
fast

Comparative
faster

Superlative
fastest

  1. In a fast manner; within a short time.
    Do it as fast as you can.
  2. Moving quickly or with great speed.
    Horses can run very fast.
  3. In a firm or secure manner.
    Hold this rope as fast as you can.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) deeply or soundly
    He is fast asleep.
  5. ahead of the correct time or schedule
    I think my watch is running fast.
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Antonyms
  • (within a short time): slowly
  • (moving quickly or with great speed): slowly
  • (in a firm or secure manner): loosely
  • (of sleeping: deeply or soundly): lightly
  • (ahead of the correct time or schedule): behind
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Danish

Adjective

fast

  1. firm
  2. solid
  3. tight
  4. fixed
  5. permanent
  6. regular

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German

Etymology

Old High German fasto, compare fest. Cognate with English adverb fast.

Pronunciation

Adverb

fast [[Category:Template:lang:de adverbs|fast]]

  1. almost; nearly
    Fast 60 Spielfilme sind zu sehen. — “There are almost 60 feature films to see.”
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) hardly

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Antonyms

  • (almost, nearly): ganz

Norwegian

Adjective

fast

  1. solid, steady,firm
    fast telefon - fixed phone

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adjective

fast

  1. caught (unable to move freely)
    Bankrånaren är nu fast = The bank robber has now been caught (by the police)
  2. Firm; fastened; unmoving
    Ge mig en fast punkt, och jag skall flytta världen = Give me one firm spot, and I'll move the world

Conjunction

fast

  1. although, even though

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