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definition of the word accelerate

by the Wiktionnary

Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare, formed from ad- + celerare "to hasten", which from celer "quick". See celerity.

Infinitive
to accelerate

Third person singular
accelerates

Simple past
accelerated

Past participle
accelerated

Present participle
accelerating

to 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.
    to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.
  3. (transitive) To hasten, as the occurrence of an event.
    to accelerate our departure.
  4. (intransitive) To become faster; to begin to move more quickly.


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