with speed; quickly; swiftly.

Origin of apace

1275–1325; Middle English a pas(e) at a (good) pace. See a-1, pace1
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Examples from the Web for apace

Historical Examples of apace

  • 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.


    Frederick Douglas How

British Dictionary definitions for apace



quickly; rapidly

Word Origin for apace

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.).

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