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[uh-peys] /əˈpeɪs/
with speed; quickly; swiftly.
Origin of apace
1275-1325; Middle English a pas(e) at a (good) pace. See a-1, pace1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for apace
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  • I was very uneasy to be gone; and the more as the night came on apace.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The twilight would be upon them apace––the long-lasting, purple-veiled twilight of the altitudes.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Work apace, apace, apace, apace; Honest labour bears a lovely face.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • The spread of liberal principles and Western progress goes on apace.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The work went on apace, but in a very few years there came a serious check.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • Since this was written the double process has gone on apace.

  • And after that he relapsed into silence, and his thoughts flew on apace.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • As the work approached completion, he says, death drew on apace.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • The catching went on apace, and there were scant hands for the work.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • But even when absent from Rome their work there went on apace.

British Dictionary definitions for apace


quickly; rapidly
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French à pas, at a (good) pace
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Word Origin and History for apace

mid-14c., from a pace, literally "at a pace," but usually with a sense of "at a good pace," from a- (1) "on" + pace (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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