accelerate

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verb ac·cel·er·ate \ -lə-ˌrāt \

Definition of accelerate

accelerated; accelerating
intransitive verb
1 :to move faster :to gain speed
  • The car slowly accelerated.
  • The pace of change has accelerated in recent months.
2 :to progress from grade to grade more rapidly than usual :to follow a speded-up educational program
transitive verb
1 :to bring about at an earlier time
  • Circumstances accelerated their departure.
2 :to cause to move faster
  • accelerated his steps
; also :to cause to undergo acceleration
3 a :to hasten the progress or development of
  • accelerate our efforts
b :increase
  • accelerate food production
4 a :to enable (a student) to complete a course in less than usual time
b :to speed up (something, such as a course of study)

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.

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Origin and Etymology of accelerate

borrowed from Latin accelerātus, past participle of accelerāre "to add speed to, hasten the occurrence of, go quickly," from ad- ad- + celerāre "to hasten," verbal derivative of celer "swift, speedy," perhaps going back to *keli-li-/ri-, derivative from the Indo-European base of Greek kélomai, kelésthai "urge, exhort," kelēt-, kélēs "swift horse, charger"


ACCELERATE Defined for Kids

accelerate

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verb ac·cel·er·ate \ ak-ˈse-lə-ˌrāt \

Definition of accelerate for Students

accelerated; accelerating
1 :to move or cause to move faster
  • The car accelerated going downhill.
2 :to cause to happen more quickly
  • Using plant food accelerates growth.

Medical Dictionary

accelerate

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

medical Definition of accelerate

accelerated; accelerating
transitive verb
:to cause to move faster or speed up
  • accelerated speech and motor activity in manic patients
; also :to cause to undergo acceleration
intransitive verb
:to move faster :gain speed

Law Dictionary

accelerate

verb ac·cel·er·ate

legal Definition of accelerate

accelerated; accelerating
transitive verb
: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)
intransitive verb
:to enforce an acceleration clause
  • held that the creditor's right to accelerate was suspended
  • —J. J. White and R. S. Summers

acceleration

noun


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