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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

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

ac·cel·er·at·ing·lyplay \-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of accelerate

  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 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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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

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