[ fast-fawr-werd, fahst- ]
/ ˈfæstˈfɔr wərd, ˈfɑst- /

verb (used with or without object)

to advance an audio or video recording rapidly: I always fast-forward through the TV ads that get recorded on my DVR.
to skip over a period of time and arrive at a future point in the timeline, especially in narration: Fast-forward six months, she’s gotten engaged and is moving to Europe!

Origin of fast-forward

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for fast-forward (2 of 2)

fast forward
[ fast fawr-werd, fahst- ]
/ ˈfæst ˈfɔr wərd, ˈfɑst- /


a function of an audio or video recorder or player, as a cassette deck or DVR, that allows the content to be advanced rapidly.
the button or other control that activates this function. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fast-forward



(sometimes not hyphenated) the control on a tape deck or video recorder used to wind the tape or video forward at speed
informal a state of urgency or rapid progressmy mind went into fast forward


(tr) to wind (a video or tape) forward using the fast-forward control
to deal with speedilyfast-forward the trials of the new drug
(intr) to move forward through a tape or video using the fast-forward control
(usually foll by to) to direct one's attention towards a particular time or event, ignoring intervening materialfast-forward to the summer of 2008

Word Origin for fast-forward

C20: from the fast-forward wind control in a tape deck
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