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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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  • Preparations went on apace, and before the last of April the repairs on the house were completed.

    Walter Harland Harriet S. Caswell
  • The work went on apace, but in a very few years there came a serious check.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • As the work approached completion, he says, death drew on apace.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • Since this was written the double process has gone on apace.

  • Wilt thou go forth to meet them, / apace do thou prepare, That not within the castle / their coming we await.

  • The catching went on apace, and there were scant hands for the work.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • As night came on apace, the full moon hung tangled in a knot of pines.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • Work apace, apace, apace, apace; Honest labour bears a lovely face.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • There was a new shuffle of the cards in the hands of the Fates and the Furies as the seventeenth century moved on apace.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • 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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