To cause to go faster to quicken the movement of to enhance the speed of in opposition to retard
- move quicker
- cause to move faster
- resulting in to maneuver quicker; to quicken the movement of; to enhance the speed of; -- in opposition to retard.
- To quicken the normal or ordinary development or process of; as, to accelerate the rise of a plant, the increase of wide range, etc.
- To accelerate, given that occurence of a meeting; as, to speed up our departure.
1520s, from Latin acceleratus, previous participle of accelerare "to hasten, quicken," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + celerare "hasten," from celer "quick" (see celerity). Related: Accelerated; accelerating.
(v. t.) Resulting in to move quicker; to quicken the movement of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.
- (v. t.) To quicken the natural or ordinary development or procedure of; as, to accelerate the rise of a plant, the rise of wealth, etc.
- (v. t.) To hasten, since the occurence of an event; as, to speed up our departure.
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.