Definition of Accelerate

1. Verb. Move faster. "These cars won't accelerate "; "The car accelerated"

Exact synonyms: Quicken, Speed, Speed Up
Specialized synonyms: Brisk, Brisk Up, Brisken
Generic synonyms: Deepen, Intensify
Derivative terms: Accelerative, Acceleratory, Quickening, Speed, Speed, Speed, Speedup
Antonyms: Decelerate

2. Verb. Cause to move faster. "He accelerated the car"

Definition of Accelerate

1. v. t. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.

Definition of Accelerate

1. Verb. (context: transitive) To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of. ¹

2. Verb. (context: transitive) To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of. ¹

3. Verb. (context: transitive physics) To cause a change of velocity. ¹

4. Verb. (context: transitive) To hasten, as the occurrence of an event. ¹

5. Verb. (context: transitive education) To enable a student to finish a course of study in less than normal time. ¹

6. Verb. (context: intransitive) To become faster; to begin to move more quickly. ¹

7. Verb. (context: intransitive) Grow; increase. ¹

8. Verb. (context: obsolete) (alternative form of accelerated). ¹

9. Adjective. (rare) Accelerated; quickened; hastened; hurried. ¹

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Definition of Accelerate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Accelerate

1. 1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; opposed to retard. 2. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc. 3. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure. Accelerated motion, motion with a continually increasing velocity. Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated motion. (Nichol) Synonym: To hasten, expedite, quicken, dispatch, forward, advance, further. Origin: L. Acceleratus, p. P. Of accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See Celerity. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Accelerate

accelerate (current term)
accelerated conduction
accelerated depreciation
accelerated erosion
accelerated graphics port
accelerated hypertension
accelerated idioventricular rhythm
accelerated motion
accelerated phase of leukaemia
accelerated reaction
accelerated rejection
accelerating force

Literary usage of Accelerate

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1915)
"On the other hand, an exposure of short duration and of slight intensity will in some cases stimulate growth, and accelerate regeneration, and may perhaps ..."

2. Posthumous Memoirs of His Own Time by Nathaniel William Wraxall (1836)
"Far from endeavouring to accelerate its termination, he always appeared desirous of prolonging it. I have frequently seen him detain the queen more than ..."

3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (1855)
"By this means they were so eager to accelerate the passage, that even while plying the oar they ate their cakes dipped in wine and oil; and while one half ..."

4. Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution: With an by Lorenzo Sabine (1864)
"... of my own contributions to the "North American Review" m are pertinent (o my purpose.] CHAPTER T. Taxation did Imt accelerate the Dismemberment of the ..."

5. History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1879)
"... the King's Advances—Henry's Letter—He resolves to accelerate the Divorce—Two Motives which induce Anne to refuse the Crown—Wolsey's Opposi tion. ..."

6. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"Л kind of pump, the heart, is very early met with, even in such simple vascular systems, and it serves to accelerate the flow. In some organs in the higher ..."

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