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