Verb accelerate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accelerate (third-person singular simple present accelerates, present participle accelerating, simple past and past participle accelerated)

  1. (transitive) To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of.
  2. (transitive) To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of.
  3. (transitive, physics) To cause a change of velocity.
  4. (transitive) To hasten, as the occurrence of an event.
  5. (transitive, education) To enable a student to finish a course of study in less than normal time.
  6. (intransitive) To become faster; to begin to move more quickly.
  7. (intransitive) Grow; increase.
  8. (obsolete) Alternative form of accelerated

More definition: cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc., in, to accelerate economic growth. hasten the occurrence of, to accelerate the fall of a government.

3.Mechanics. to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); cause to undergo acceleration. reduce the time required for (a course of study) by intensifying the work, eliminating detail, etc. move or go faster; increase in speed. progress or develop faster.

1. to go, occur, or cause to go or occur more quickly; speed up

2. (transitive) to cause to happen sooner than expected

3. (transitive) to increase the velocity of (a body, reaction, etc); cause acceleration Derived Formsaccelerable, adjectiveaccelerative, acceleratory, adjective Word OriginC16, from Latin accelerātus, from accelerāre to go faster, from ad- (intensive) + celerāre to hasten, from celer swiftCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1520s, from Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare "to hasten, to quicken," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + celerare "hasten," from celer "swift" (see celerity). Related, Accelerated; accelerating.


Fred began eating his cereal, with a serving spoon, a sure sign he wanted to accelerate the process and get on with the day's activities.

The secretion wets an insect very rapidly, but, so far as is known, seems to be completely destitute of digestive power - indeed, rather to accelerate decomposition.

In April 1897, it is true, when the Greeks provoked a war with Turkey, they received no support from St Petersburg, but at the close of the war the tsar showed himself more friendly to them; and afterwards, when it proved extremely difficult to find a suitable person as governor-general of Crete (see Crete), he recommended the appointment of his cousin, Prince George of Greece - a selection which was pretty sure to accelerate the union of the island with the Hellenic kingdom.

So acute did the quarrel become that there was a violent scene in full senate between the queen and the chancellor; and she urged Salvius to accelerate the negotiations, against the better judgment of the chancellor, who hoped to get more by holding out longer.

To accelerate the rate of filtration various devices are resorted to, such as lengthening the tube below the filtering material, increasing the pressure on the liquid being filtered, or decreasing it in the receiver of the filtrate.

The half-hardy series are best sown in pots or pans under glass in mild,heat, in order to accelerate germination.

Technological change is about to accelerate, giving us a century of progress in a single decade, and another century in a couple more years.

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