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rapid

rap·id

rapid

 
 
pronunciation:
rae pihd
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening in a brief time.
Taking part in actual combat caused a rapid change in his ideas.
synonyms:
quick, sharp, swift
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
fast, hasty, snappy, sudden
definition 2: moving or progressing swiftly.
The rapid water in the middle of the stream is dangerous to swim in.
synonyms:
fast, quick, speedy, swift
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
express, fleet, rushing
definition 3: marked by high speed.
Her rapid speech is sometimes hard to understand.I'm learning Spanish at a rapid pace now that I have native speakers to converse with.The city is expanding its rapid transit system.
antonyms:
slow
similar words:
fast, hurried, quick, speedy
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part of speech: noun
definition: (usu. pl.) a fast-moving part of a river or stream.
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derivations: rapidly (adv.), rapidness (n.)
Word History
Rapid comes from a Latin word that means "to hurry away or carry off." If you fall into the river rapids, you are likely to be carried off.
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  • rapidly:
    in a rapid way; fast.
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