- The definition of accelerate is to move faster or cause something to move faster.
An example of accelerate would be to push harder on the gas pedal to make the car’s speed increase.
- Accelerate is defined as to shorten the amount of time that is usually needed.
An example of accelerate would be to allow less time for a student to finish course work.
- to increase the speed of
- to cause to develop or progress more quickly
- Physics to cause a change in the velocity of (a moving body)
- to cause to happen sooner
Origin: ; from Classical Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare ; from ad-, to plush celerare, to hasten ; from celer, swift ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to drive from source Old English haldan, hold
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verb ac·cel·er·at·ed, ac·cel·er·at·ing, ac·cel·er·ates verb, transitive
- To increase the speed of.
- To cause to occur sooner than expected.
- To cause to develop or progress more quickly: a substance used to accelerate a fire.
- a. To reduce the time required for (an academic course, for example); compress into a shorter period.b. To make it possible for (a student) to finish an academic course faster than usual.
- Physics To change the velocity of.
- To move or act faster. See Synonyms at speed.
- To engage in an academic program that progresses faster than usual.
Origin: Latin accelerāre, accelerāt- : ad-, intensive pref.; see ad- + celerāre, to quicken (from celer, swift).
- ac·celˈer·aˌtive adjective
- ac·celˈer·a·toˌry adjective