quick1 /kwɪk/ ●●● S1 W2 adjectiveadj (comparativecomp quicker, superlativesupl quickest) 1 short time 短时间SHORT TIME lasting for or taking only a short time 快的，短时间的 That was quick! I thought you’d be another hour.
It’s probably quicker by train.
Have we got time for a quick drink?
What’s the quickest way to the station?
We stopped to have a quick look at the church.
Three bombs went off in quick succession (=quickly, one after the other).► see thesaurus at short
2 fast 速度快的 moving or doing something fast 快速的，迅速的 She walked with short, quick steps.
They were great people to work with – very quick, very efficient.
Boxers have to be quick on their feet (=able to move about quickly).► see thesaurus at fast
3 no delay 没有耽误SOON happening very soon, without any delay 马上的，即刻的 SYN speedy I had to make a quick decision.
We’ve put the house on the market and we’re hoping for a quick sale.
We need a quick response from the government.
Robertson’s quick thinking had saved the little girl’s life.
4 clever 聪明的SEINTELLIGENT able to learn and understand things fast 聪明的，敏锐的，脑子反应快的 Jane’s very witty and very quick.
She’s a quick learner.
He’s a good interviewer, tough and quick on the uptake (=able to understand quickly what someone is saying).
5 be quick HURRYused to tell someone to hurry 快点，抓紧时间 If you want to come with me you’ll have to be quick – I’m leaving in ten minutes.
‘Can I just finish this first?’ ‘OK, but be quick about it.’
6 be quick to do something REACTto react quickly to what someone says or does 马上作出反应做某事 The government was quick to deny any involvement in the attacks.
7 quick fix informalSOLVE/FIND THE ANSWER a solution to a problem that can be done quickly, but is not a good or permanent solution 〔很不完善的〕应急解决办法；权宜之计 There’s no quick fix for stopping pollution.
Congress is trying to avoid quick-fix solutions.
8. have a quick temper ANGRYto get angry very easily 性子急，性情急躁 9 be quick on the draw b) American EnglishAmE informal to be good at reacting quickly and intelligently to difficult questions or in difficult situations 反应快，行动敏捷 be quick on the draw• Amy was very quick on the draw in her interview.
—quickness noun [uncountableU] → quickly
n THESAURUS quick taking only a short time to do something
I took a quick look at the map.
Do I have time for a quick shower before we go out?
short lasting only a short time
You can do a short course in diving.
The meeting was shorter than I’d expected.
brief especially written lasting only a short time. Brief is more formal than short, and is used especially in written English
The president made a brief visit to Buenos Aires.
a brief introduction to Piaget’s ideas
a brief pause in the rain
rapid especially written happening in a short period of time – used about changes, increases, improvements etc
a rapid increase in crime
the rapid rate of industrial development
speedy happening or done as quickly as possible, especially so that you get the result that you want
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
The restoration work has been making speedy progress.
prompt done very soon after something else
Thank you for your prompt reply.
the prompt action of the firefighters
Discounts will be offered for prompt payment.
hasty deciding or doing something very quickly, especially when this has bad results
It was a hasty decision, which he later regretted.
They had to make a hasty departure.
cursory formal looking at something very quickly without much attention to detail
Even a cursory glance at these figures shows that there is a problem.
The police conducted a cursory search of the property.