What does keep pace mean?

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Verb
  1. (idiomatic) To run at the same speed as a pacesetter
  2. (idiomatic) To progress at the same rate as another; to keep up
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They are demanding pay increases to keep pace with inflation which is currently averaging 3 percent a year.
I was always regarded as a slow learner, but if I was interested in a subject, I believe I could keep pace with any of my schoolmates.
In common with most visionaries he regrets that the rest of humankind has not had the stamina to keep pace with him.
We should not allow the county to be overdeveloped unless we are about to keep pace with the developments.
The mortar can also be mounted in a vehicle, firing through the roof hatch, to keep pace with a mechanised advance.
One theory is that the rate at which tumor cells die is too slow to keep pace with the rapid growth and mutation of tumors in the body.

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