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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 English 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 book title or journal name):
      Godspeed, John Glenn.


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