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decelerate

[ dee-sel-uh-reyt ]
/ di藞s蓻l 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路cel路er路at路ed, de路cel路er路at路ing.
to decrease the velocity of: He decelerates the bobsled when he nears a curve.
to slow the rate of increase of: efforts to decelerate inflation.
verb (used without object), de路cel路er路at路ed, de路cel路er路at路ing.
to slow down: The plane decelerated just before landing.
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Also de路ac路cel路er路ate [dee-ak-sel-uh-reyt] /藢di 忙k藞s蓻l 蓹藢re瑟t/ .

Origin of decelerate

First recorded in 1895鈥1900; de- + (ac)celerate

OTHER WORDS FROM decelerate

de路cel路er路a路tion [dee-sel-uh-rey-shuhn], /di藢s蓻l 蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounde路cel路er路a路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decelerate

decelerate
/ (di藧藞s蓻l蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
to slow down or cause to slow down

Derived forms of decelerate

deceleration, noundecelerator, noun

Word Origin for decelerate

C19: from de- + accelerate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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