accelerate

verb
ac·​cel·​er·​ate | \ -lə-ˌrāt How to pronounce accelerate (audio) \
accelerated; accelerating

Definition of accelerate

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 speeded-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
3a : to hasten the progress or development of accelerate our efforts
b : increase accelerate food production
4a : to enable (a student) to complete a course in less than usual time
b : to speed up (something, such as a course of study)

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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.
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Although the tax-and-spend stimulus that Congress passed at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 stoked a period of strong hiring and accelerating G.D.P. growth, the U.S. economy is now sailing into some rocky waters. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Top Economist Makes a Timely Exit," 4 June 2019 Perhaps that money could be put toward the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra, which accelerated from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds in our instrumented testing and overdelivered on its power rating during a dyno test. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Ford, Hyundai, and GM Headline List of Memorial Day Discounts for Military Service Members," 23 May 2019 Schnabel’s prices soared from $3,000 to $40,000 in two or three years, a process that accelerated in 1981, when the 30-year-old Boone charmed Castelli, 75, into giving Schnabel a serious look. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Despite the increase in grocery delivery options, which only accelerated last year when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, delivery is still not the way most people get groceries. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience.," 30 Nov. 2018 For those reasons, this year’s hikes have made the Fed the target of unusual public attacks from Trump — criticism that has accelerated with the past month’s sharp declines in the stock market. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Powell: US economy and banks seem sturdy but face some risks," 28 Nov. 2018 Installing conservative justices has long been paramount to the GOP, a sentiment that only accelerated after the power of the court was on full display with the 2000 decision that ruled in favor of George W. Bush’s right to the presidency. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 The mere fact that a quadratic equation makes a reasonable fit means that the human is accelerating the whole time. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "This Crazy Slide Is Either Evil or Funny," 17 June 2018 In schools, Uighur-language instruction is vanishing—another of the trends which have markedly accelerated under Mr Chen. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of accelerate

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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"

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The first known use of accelerate was circa 1522

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More Definitions for accelerate

accelerate

verb
ac·​cel·​er·​ate | \ ak-ˈse-lə-ˌrāt How to pronounce accelerate (audio) \
accelerated; accelerating

Kids Definition of accelerate

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.

accelerate

verb
ac·​cel·​er·​ate | \ ik-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt, ak- How to pronounce accelerate (audio) \
accelerated; accelerating

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

accelerate

verb
ac·​cel·​er·​ate
accelerated; accelerating

Legal Definition of accelerate

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

Other Words from accelerate

acceleration noun

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