Definitions for: Accelerate


[v] move faster; "The car accelerated"
[v] cause to move faster; "He accelerated the car"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ac*cel"er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accelerated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Accelerating.] [L. acceleratus, p. p. of
accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See
Celerity.]
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 (Mech.), motion with a continually
increasing velocity.

Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated
motion. --Nichol.

Syn: To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward;
advance; further.

Synonyms: quicken, speed, speed up

Antonyms: decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up

See Also: brisk, brisk up, brisken, deepen, intensify

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