- to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc., in: to accelerate economic growth.
- to hasten the occurrence of: to accelerate the fall of a government.
- Mechanics. to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); cause to undergo acceleration.
- to reduce the time required for (a course of study) by intensifying the work, eliminating detail, etc.
- to move or go faster; increase in speed.
- to progress or develop faster.
Origin of accelerate
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The narrowness serves to concentrate the strength and accelerate the work.Mountain Meditations
And he was stamping off to accelerate these preparations for departure, when her voice arrested him.Captain Blood
To accelerate the introduction of the cargo, a grain-elevator was employed.
As soon as the copter grounded, he could accelerate and escape.Rebels of the Red Planet
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The small ships were not able to accelerate to the terrific speed needed.The Black Star Passes
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- to go, occur, or cause to go or occur more quickly; speed up
- (tr) to cause to happen sooner than expected
- (tr) to increase the velocity of (a body, reaction, etc); cause acceleration
C16: from Latin accelerātus, from accelerāre to go faster, from ad- (intensive) + celerāre to hasten, from celer swift
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Word Origin and History for accelerate
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