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verb ac·cel·er·ate \-lə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of accelerate

  • : to move faster : to gain speed

  • : to cause (something) to happen sooner or more quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accelerate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring about at an earlier time <accelerate their departure>

  3. 2 :  to cause to move faster <accelerated his steps>; also :  to cause to undergo acceleration

  4. 3 a :  to hasten the progress or development of <accelerate our efforts> b :  increase <accelerate food production>

  5. 4 a :  to enable (a student) to complete a course in less than usual time b :  to speed up (as a course of study)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to move faster :  gain speed <the car slowly accelerated> b :  grow, increase <inflation was accelerating>

  8. 2 :  to follow an accelerated educational program


play \-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of accelerate in a sentence

  1. She stepped on the gas and the car accelerated.

  2. The plane accelerated down the runway.

  3. She stepped on the gas and accelerated the car.

  4. He says that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth.

  5. The rate of economic growth has continued to accelerate.

Origin and Etymology of accelerate

Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare, from ad- + celer swift — more at hold

First Known Use: circa 1530

Rhymes with accelerate

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ACCELERATE Defined for Kids


verb ac·cel·er·ate \ak-ˈse-lə-ˌrāt\

Definition of accelerate for Students



  1. 1 :  to move or cause to move faster <The car accelerated going downhill.>

  2. 2 :  to cause to happen more quickly <Using plant food accelerates growth.>

Medical Dictionary


verb ac·cel·er·ate \ik-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt, ak-\

Medical Definition of accelerate




  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to move faster or speed up <accelerated speech and motor activity in manic patients>; also :  to cause to undergo acceleration

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to move faster :  gain speed

Law Dictionary


verb ac·cel·er·ate

Legal Definition of accelerate



  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring about at an earlier time: as a :  to advance (the maturity date of a security agreement) so that payment of the debt in full is due immediately — see also acceleration clause b :  to cause (a future interest in property) to vest by removing the preceding interests (as by failure or premature termination)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to enforce an acceleration clause <held that the creditor's right to accelerate was suspended — J. J. White and R. S. Summers>



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