Definition of accelerate
1 : to bring about at an earlier time <accelerate 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 (as a course of study)
2 : to follow an accelerated educational program
acceleratinglyplay \-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Origin and Etymology of accelerate
Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare, from ad- + celer swift — more at hold
First Known Use: circa 1530
ACCELERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accelerate for English Language Learners
: to move faster : to gain speed
: to cause (something) to happen sooner or more quickly
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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