verb (used with object), paced, pac·ing.

verb (used without object), paced, pac·ing.

Nearby words

  1. pacceka,
  2. paccha,
  3. pacchionian,
  4. pacchionian body,
  5. pacchionian depression,
  6. pace bowler,
  7. pace car,
  8. pace lap,
  9. paced,
  10. pacefollower


    put through one's paces, to cause someone to demonstrate his or her ability or to show her or his skill: The French teacher put her pupils through their paces for the visitors.
    set the pace, to act as an example for others to equal or rival; be the most progressive or successful: an agency that sets the pace in advertising.

Origin of pace

1250–1300; Middle English pas < Old French < Latin passus step, pace, equivalent to pad-, variant stem of pandere to spread (the legs, in walking) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss

8. step, amble, rack, trot, jog, canter, gallop, walk, run, singlefoot. 15. Pace, plod, trudge refer to a steady and monotonous kind of walking. Pace suggests steady, measured steps as of one completely lost in thought or impelled by some distraction: to pace up and down. Plod implies a slow, heavy, laborious, weary walk: The mailman plods his weary way. Trudge implies a spiritless but usually steady and doggedly persistent walk: The farmer trudged to his village to buy his supplies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pacing

British Dictionary definitions for pacing




  1. a single step in walking
  2. the distance covered by a step
a measure of length equal to the average length of a stride, approximately 3 feetSee also Roman pace, geometric pace, military pace
speed of movement, esp of walking or running
rate or style of proceeding at some activityto live at a fast pace
manner or action of stepping, walking, etc; gait
any of the manners in which a horse or other quadruped walks or runs, the three principal paces being the walk, trot, and canter (or gallop)
a manner of moving, natural to the camel and sometimes developed in the horse, in which the two legs on the same side of the body are moved and put down at the same time
architect a step or small raised platform
keep pace with to proceed at the same speed as
put someone through his paces to test the ability of someone
set the pace to determine the rate at which a group runs or walks or proceeds at some other activity
stand the pace or stay the pace to keep up with the speed or rate of others


(tr) to set or determine the pace for, as in a race
(often foll by about, up and down, etc) to walk with regular slow or fast paces, as in boredom, agitation, etcto pace the room
(tr often foll by out) to measure by pacesto pace out the distance
(intr) to walk with slow regular stridesto pace along the street
(intr) (of a horse) to move at the pace (the specially developed gait)

Word Origin for pace

C13: via Old French from Latin passūs step, from pandere to spread, unfold, extend (the legs as in walking)




with due deference to: used to acknowledge politely someone who disagrees with the speaker or writer

Word Origin for pace

C19: from Latin, from pāx peace


n acronym for (in England and Wales)

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Word Origin and History for pacing
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Idioms and Phrases with pacing


see change of pace; keep pace; put someone through his or her paces; set the pace; snail's pace.

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