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verb (used without object)
  1. to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.

verb (used with object)
  1. to traverse at full speed: to sprint a half mile.

  1. a short race at full speed.

  2. a burst of speed at any point during a long race, as near the finish line.

  1. a brief spell of great activity.

  2. a short work cycle of fixed length during which specific goals, tasks, etc., need to be completed by a team: often used inagile development. : See also scrum (def. 2).

Origin of sprint

First recorded in 1560–70; perhaps continuing Old English sprintan (unrecorded; compare gesprintan “to emit”); cognate with Old Norse spretta, Old High German sprinzan “to jump up”

Other words from sprint

  • sprint·er, noun
  • out·sprint, verb (used with object)

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How to use sprint in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sprint


/ (sprɪnt) /

  1. athletics a short race run at top speed, such as the 100 metres

  2. a fast finishing speed at the end of a longer race, as in running or cycling, etc

  1. any quick run

  1. to go at top speed, as in running, cycling, etc

Origin of sprint

C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old English gesprintan to emit, Old Norse spretta to jump up, Old High German sprinzan to jump up, Swedish sprata to kick

Derived forms of sprint

  • sprinter, noun

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