What does accelerate mean?

accelerate meaning in General Dictionary

To cause to go faster to quicken the movement of to enhance the speed of in opposition to retard

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  • 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.

accelerate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


accelerate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Resulting in to move quicker; to quicken the movement of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.

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  • (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.

Sentence Examples with the word accelerate

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.

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