ac·​cel·​er·​at·​ed | \ ik-ˈse-lə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce accelerated (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accelerated

1 : occurring or developing at a faster rate than usual an industry that is growing at an accelerated pace
2 : designed to be completed in a shorter length of time than usual taking an accelerated course in English

Examples of accelerated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is advancing at an accelerated pace in the United States, even as other countries reopen their economies after getting their outbreaks under control. Anchorage Daily News, "Record surge in new infections exposes America’s coronavirus failures," 28 June 2020 The accelerated testing pace comes as several states are reporting surges in coronavirus cases. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 testing on rise but still far below level recommended for safe re-opening," 26 June 2020 The goal is to not only enable accelerated growth of the space sector but also help the Indian industry play a major role in the global space economy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Used Falcon 9s to launch humans, Scottish spaceport advances," 26 June 2020 Argaman Technologies, an Israeli textile research company, claims its BioBlocX masks contain cotton and polyester fibers embedded with accelerated copper oxide particles. Vince Beiser, Wired, "5 Weird Concepts to (Theoretically) Supercharge Mask Fabrics," 23 June 2020 Instead, Shannon leans in, daring viewers to deny this young woman the chance to grow up and live, albeit in a compressed, accelerated way. Anne Cohen,, "Babyteeth Blows Up The Teen Cancer Romance Movie Trope," 18 June 2020 The accelerated idleness that got me through the day? James Parker, The Atlantic, "My Soccer Fandom Is Out of Shape," 18 June 2020 Contra Costa residents have repeatedly expressed frustration with local officials, despite the county’s accelerated pace for reopening. Aidin Vaziri,, "Why is Contra Costa seeing rising coronavirus cases?," 17 June 2020 In the past month, at least three people in separate incidents have driven at an accelerated rate toward protesters blocking access to city streets, according to KUOW-FM. Fox News, "Seattle police officers will only enter CHOP if matter of 'significant life-safety,' mayor says," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of accelerated

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of accelerated was in 1904

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7 Jul 2020

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“Accelerated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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