Definition for SPEED

SPEED, v.i. [pret. and pp. sped, speeded. Sax. spedian, spædan; D. spoeden; G. spediren, to send; Gr. σπευδω. The L. expedio may be from the same root, which signifies to drive, to hurry, of the family of L. peto. Class Bd.]

  1. To make haste; to move with celerity. – Shak.
  2. To have success; to prosper; to succeed; that is, to advance in one's enterprise. He that's once deni'd will hardly speed. – Shak. Those that profaned and abused the second temple, sped no better. – South
  3. To have any condition good or ill; to fare. Ships heretofore in seas like fishes sped, / The mightiest still upon the smallest fed. – Waller.

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