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
The dam also traps sediment upstream and warms the river downstream, threatening fish and accelerating erosion.
Here’s an image showing the apparently accelerating advance of the rift, per the Project Midas team: The current location of the rift on Larsen C, as of January 2017.
But Copley’s skill was beyond dispute, at least until the lead from a lifetime of pigments seemed to accelerate his decline.
Tuesday's results were on pace to dramatically accelerate that shift in Harris County.
Criticism of PBMs has accelerated as the industry has consolidated and grown more powerful, while also more-aggressively steering patients to drugs with the largest rebates.
The accelerating pace of genetic-information gathering may come in handy for health-span research.
The man doubled back to the car, jumped in and accelerated toward the officer, attempting to run her over.
Today's shot will attempt to find a way to bombard the wire array uniformly with electricity, so that each last kilovolt of energy can be accelerated into the Machine and come back as more.
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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 1522
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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