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




  1. (literary) The wish that the outcome of someone's actions is positive for them, typically someone about to start a journey or a daring endeavor.
    • 1925-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xi:
      I arrived at last, did obeisance to my uncle, and told him everything. He thought it over and said: ' [] At the threshold of death, how dare I give you permission to go to England, to cross the seas? But I will not stand in your way. It is your mother's permission which really matters. If she permit you, then godspeed! Tell her I will not interfere. You will go with my blessings.'
    • 1962 February 20, Scott Carpenter, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Godspeed, John Glenn.
    • 2007 May 12, Peter Steinfels, “At Commencement, a Call for Religious Literacy”, in New York Times[1]:
      And godspeed.


Godspeed (countable and uncountable, plural Godspeeds)

  1. (literary) A statement of wishing someone a prosperous journey, or success.
    • 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.
    • 1884 November 2, “Thon”, in The Critic and Good Literature[2], number 44, page 210:
      The new word has received a number of godspeeds, some of which we quote.
    • 1914, James Joyce, Dubliners:
      Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall and wished him God-speed.


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