decelerate

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verb de·cel·er·ate \ (ˌ)dē-ˈse-lə-ˌrāt \

Definition of decelerate

decelerated; decelerating
transitive verb
1 :to reduce the speed of :slow down
  • decelerate a car
2 :to decrease the rate of progress of
  • decelerate growth
  • decelerate soil erosion
intransitive verb
:to move at decreasing speed

deceleration

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌse-lə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

decelerator

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Examples of decelerate in a Sentence

  1. she decelerated the car as we entered the school zone

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Origin and Etymology of decelerate

de- + accelerate


DECELERATE Defined for English Language Learners

decelerate

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verb

Definition of decelerate for English Language Learners

  • : to move slower : to lose speed

  • : to cause (something) to happen more slowly


DECELERATE Defined for Kids

decelerate

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verb de·cel·er·ate \ dē-ˈse-lə-ˌrāt \

Definition of decelerate for Students

decelerated; decelerating
:to slow down
  • The car decelerated at the yellow light.

Medical Dictionary

decelerate

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verb de·cel·er·ate \ (ˈ)dē-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of decelerate

decelerated; decelerating
transitive verb
:to reduce the speed of :slow down
intransitive verb
:to move at decreasing speed

deceleration

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌsel-ə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


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