pace

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noun

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

Idioms

    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

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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

SYNONYMS FOR pace
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.

ANTONYMS FOR pace

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British Dictionary definitions for set the pace

pace

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/ (peɪs) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for pace

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

pace

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/ Latin (ˈpɑːkɛ, ˈpɑːtʃɛ, English ˈpeɪsɪ) /

preposition

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

PACE

/ (peɪs) /

n acronym for (in England and Wales)

Police and Criminal Evidence Act
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Word Origin and History for set the pace
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Idioms and Phrases with set the pace

set the pace

Establish a standard for others to follow, as in Jim has set the pace for the department, exceeding the monthly quota every time. This expression comes from racing, where it is said of a horse that passes the others and leads the field. It was transferred to other activities in the early 1900s.

pace

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

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