verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare, from ad- + celer swift — more at hold Date: circa 1530 transitive verb 1. to bring about at an earlier time <
accelerate their departure
2. to cause to move faster <
accelerated his steps
; also to cause to undergo acceleration 3. a. to hasten the progress or development of <
accelerate our efforts
b. increase <
accelerate food production
4. a. to enable (a student) to complete a course in less than usual time b. to speed up (as a course of study) intransitive verb 1. a. to move faster ; gain speed <
the car slowly accelerated
b. grow, increase <
inflation was accelerating
2. to follow an accelerated educational programacceleratingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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