Word of the Day: Fast

As many people celebrate the lenten season, and that season has started as of today, today's word of the day is fast. Fast can be used as a verb to mean abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance. It can also be used as a noun to refer to an act or period of fasting. Remember when we looked at the word abstain?

Related: Word of the day: Abstinent

Use it in a sentence!


As a verb:

Some people fast from all forms of meat for lent. Doesn't mean they're happy about it!




As a noun:

Until lent is over, I will be fasting.



But where did it come from?

The word fast comes from the old English word "fæstan" (verb), which is of Germanic origin. It is related to the Dutch word "vasten", and the German word "fasten". The source of the noun is of Old Norse origin with the word "fasta".


Do you fast for lent? What do you abstain from? Share it in the comments below!


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