ac·​cel·​er·​at·​ing | \ik-ˈse-lə-ˌrā-tiŋ, ak-\

Definition of accelerating 

: increasing in speed or rate of occurrence an accelerating process of change … the already appalling damage humans have done to the primates by our accelerating destruction of their world.— Paul Schullery

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acceleratingly adverb

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The accelerating loss could be a sign that the catastrophe has already been set in motion. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Rising bedrock below West Antarctica could delay catastrophic ice sheet collapse," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of accelerating

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of accelerating was in 1661

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to make faulty or ineffective

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