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  1. good fortune; success (used as a wish to a person starting on a journey, a new venture, etc.).
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Origin of Godspeed

1250–1300; Middle English, in the phrase God spede may God prosper (you). See God, speed
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Related Words for godspeed

backing, consent, permission, adieu, bye-bye, okay, support, regard, valediction, leave, favor, approbation, sanction, concurrence, Godspeed, parting, adios, ciao, cheerio, leave-taking

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Historical Examples of godspeed

  • In their Godspeed the note of friendship rang true and honest and sincere.

    The Long Labrador Trail

    Dillon Wallace

  • If you are sure it is not, go ahead, and we give you Godspeed.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Clemens gave me letters of introduction, and bade me Godspeed.

  • Kinsmen of the coming centuries, I bid you hail and godspeed!

  • She grabbed at the offer, and he bade her Godspeed and good riddance.

British Dictionary definitions for godspeed


interjection, noun
  1. an expression of one's good wishes for a person's success and safety
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Word Origin for Godspeed

C15: from God spede may God prosper (you)
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Word Origin and History for godspeed

also God speed, early 14c., "quickly, speedily" (late 13c. as a surname), from god + speed (v.). As a parting salutation, from mid-15c.

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