Accelerate Definition

accelerated, accelerates, accelerating
accelerated, accelerates, accelerating
To increase the speed of.
Webster's New World
To go, progress, or develop faster.
Webster's New World
To change the velocity of.
American Heritage
To cause to develop or progress more quickly.
Webster's New World
To cause to occur sooner than expected.
Accelerated his retirement by a year.
American Heritage

Origin of Accelerate

  • 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

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

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

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