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To move or progress at the same rate as others. My leg was hurt, but I was able to keep pace with the rest of the team during our run. Keeping pace with the go-getters in this office is a real challenge, but I think you're up to it. You can follow me if you want, but try to keep pace.
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keep pace(with someone or something)
1. Lit. to move at the same speed as someone, something, or an animal; to match someone or some creature pace for pace. The black horse was having a hard time keeping pace with the brown one. Tom runs very fast and I couldn't keep pace with him.
2. Fig. to manage to move, learn, change, etc., at the same rate as someone or something. Bill can't keep pace with the geometry class. You've just got to keep pace.
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Also, keep up. Go at the same rate as others, not fall behind. For example, The teacher told his mother that Jimmy was not keeping up with the class. Shakespeare had the first term in A Midsummer Night's Dream (3:2): "My legs cannot keep pace with my desires." [Late 1500s]
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keep ˈpace (with somebody/something)
1 move, progress or develop at the same speed or rate as somebody/something: In this business we have to keep pace with our foreign competitors. ♢ He isn’t really keeping pace with the other children in his class.
2 keep informed about something which is changing very fast: I find it difficult to keep pace with all the political changes that are taking place.
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To stay even with others, as in a contest.
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