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See also: godspeed, God-speed, and God speed


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From Middle English phrase God spede ‎(may God cause you to succeed), from God ‎(God) + spede, singular subjunctive of speden ‎(to prosper), from Old English spēdan, from spēd ‎(success) (see speed).




  1. The wish that the outcome of someone's actions is positive for them, typically someone about to start a journey or a daring endeavor.
    • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress:
      Evangelist, after he had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God-speed.
    • 1848, Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
      "I'm wishing you God-speed, Hattersley," cried Arthur, "and aiding you with my prayers."
    • 1879, Henry James, Roderick Hudson:
      Rowland at the garden gate was giving his hostess Godspeed on her way to church.
    • 1914, James Joyce, Dubliners:
      Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall and wished him God-speed.
    • 1962 February 20, Scott Carpenter, (Please provide the title of the work):
      Godspeed, John Glenn.


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