Definition of accelerate
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
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
3a : to hasten the progress or development of accelerate our effortsb : increase accelerate food production
4a : to enable (a student) to complete a course in less than usual timeb : to speed up (something, such as a course of study)
Examples of accelerate in a Sentence
She stepped on the gas and the car accelerated.
The plane accelerated down the runway.
She stepped on the gas and accelerated the car.
He says that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth.
The rate of economic growth has continued to accelerate.
Recent Examples of accelerate from the Web
Then after the 2010 elections that swept Republicans to power in many states, Ms. Riverstone-Newell says the pace of such laws accelerated.
The research suggests that the significant number of vacancies in the Trump administration - and the concerns about policymaking that accompany them - are likely to persist unless both the White House and the Senate markedly accelerate their pace.
The shorter gear ratios were just sufficient to leave the car in third for most of the lap, from turn 3 until accelerating out of the Clover Leaf.
Losses accelerated in afternoon trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 250 points before the index pared losses toward the end of the session.
The Pro Publica journalist argues that those fighting to better protect privacy aren’t wasting their time, even as the Information Age accelerates.
According to police: After an argument and physical altercation, Mustoe got in his car and accelerated toward the house.
Changes in the grocery business model have accelerated food access issues within the past year and a half, Wiederwohl said.
Here’s a look at the changes that are expected 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”
First Known Use: circa 1522See Words from the same year
ACCELERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of accelerate for Students
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 Definition of accelerate
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
Legal Definition of accelerate
: 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)
: 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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