Meaning of ACCELERATE in English


I. -ləˌrāt, chiefly substand əˈs-; usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare, from ad- + celerare to hasten, from celer swift — more at celerity

transitive verb

1. : to bring about at an earlier point of time

anxious to accelerate our departure — James Cook

2. : to add to the speed of or quicken the motion of

the voice caused me to accelerate my steps — W.H.Hudson

3. : to hasten the ordinary progress or the development of

war accelerated the old trends

hot weather accelerated their efforts to adjourn

: increase the rate or amount of

he decided to accelerate his advertising


a. : to enable (a student) to complete a course of study more rapidly than usual

b. : to modify (as a course of study) by decreasing the time usually taken to complete the normal amount of work

5. : to cause to undergo acceleration ; especially : to increase the velocity of (a body)

intransitive verb


a. : to become faster : move faster : gain speed

a pace that neither accelerates nor lags

b. : to increase in number or amount

the number of newspapers accelerated

c. : to open the throttle or accelerator

the driver accelerated gradually on the highway

2. : to follow a speeded-up educational program : progress from grade to grade more rapidly than usual : complete requirements (as for a diploma) more rapidly than usual

Synonyms: see speed

II. -lərə̇t, -ˌrāt, usu -d.+V noun

( -s )

: an accelerated pupil or student

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