Accelerate meaning

ăk-sĕlə-rāt
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.

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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.

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To cause to develop or progress more quickly.

A substance used to accelerate a fire.

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To move or act faster.
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To cause to occur sooner than expected.

Accelerated his retirement by a year.

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(education) To enable a student to finish a course of study in less than normal time.
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To increase the speed of.
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To cause to develop or progress more quickly.
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To cause a change in the velocity of (a moving body)
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To cause to happen sooner.
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To go, progress, or develop faster.
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To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of.
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To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of.

To accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.

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(physics) To cause a change of velocity.
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To hasten, as the occurrence of an event.

To accelerate our departure.

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(intransitive) To become faster; to begin to move more quickly.
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(intransitive) Grow; increase.
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Origin of accelerate

  • Latin accelerāre accelerāt- ad- intensive pref. ad– celerāre to quicken (from celer swift)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in the 1520s. Either from Latin accelerātus, perfect passive participle of accelerō (“I accelerate, hasten”), formed from ad + celerō (“I hasten”), which is from celer (“quick”) (see celerity), or Back-formation from acceleration..

    From Wiktionary