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[ ak-sel-uh-reyt ]

verb (used with object)

, ac·cel·er·at·ed, ac·cel·er·at·ing.
  1. to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc., in:

    to accelerate economic growth.

  2. to hasten the occurrence of:

    to accelerate the fall of a government.

  3. Mechanics. to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); cause to undergo acceleration.
  4. to reduce the time required for (a course of study) by intensifying the work, eliminating detail, etc.

verb (used without object)

, ac·cel·er·at·ed, ac·cel·er·at·ing.
  1. to move or go faster; increase in speed.
  2. to progress or develop faster.


/ ækˈsɛləˌreɪt /


  1. to go, occur, or cause to go or occur more quickly; speed up
  2. tr to cause to happen sooner than expected
  3. tr to increase the velocity of (a body, reaction, etc); cause acceleration

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Derived Forms

  • acˈcelerable, adjective
  • acˈcelerative, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ac·celer·a·ble adjective
  • ac·celer·ated·ly adverb
  • over·ac·celer·ate verb overaccelerated overaccelerating
  • reac·celer·ate verb reaccelerated reaccelerating
  • self-ac·celerating adjective
  • unac·celer·ated adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of accelerate1

First recorded in 1515–25; from Latin accelerātus “sped up,” past participle of accelerāre “to speed up,” from ac- ac- + celerāre “to hasten, hurry” (from celer “swift”)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of accelerate1

C16: from Latin accelerātus, from accelerāre to go faster, from ad- (intensive) + celerāre to hasten, from celer swift

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Example Sentences

The next few months will reveal how serious China is about accelerating its decarbonization.

From Vox

The vendor list includes a number of companies that aren’t the usual suspects in Department of Defense work, reflecting the “innovative acquisition strategy” intended to accelerate the timeline for the ambitious system.

The study authors point to Manaus’ lower socioeconomic conditions, more crowded housing and reliance on boat travel, as factors that could have accelerated the spread of the virus there.

“We are accelerating what probably would have happened in the retail environment on a naturally in the next four years to five years,” said Donahoe.

From Fortune

In other words, the ice surface is now at low enough elevation to accelerate melting.

It may accelerate the adoption of laws giving patients more power.

“Accelerate this process,” said Royce, adding that the Free Syrian Army is the antidote to the ongoing expansion of ISIS in Syria.

This trend will only accelerate as whites lapse at higher rates than nonwhites.

“We have every reason to expect these demographic changes to continue, if not accelerate,” Bonica said.

Conservative evangelicalism is losing millennials in gobs, and the World Vision fallout is sure to only accelerate the fallout.

But the very circumstances that facilitated the settling of the Spanish colonies were also likely to accelerate their liberation.

At the same time he disclaimed all interest in, or desire to accelerate this consummation.

Yet, even this simple communication caused the pulse of Mrs Forster to accelerate.

"It certainly does," replied Shorty, scratching his head to accelerate his mental action.

Trivial as the circumstance was, it not only rendered home more disgusting, but appeared to accelerate his dissolution.





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