accelerate /əkˈsɛləreɪt/


I. verb [no obj.]

1. (especially of a vehicle) begin to move more quickly

the car accelerated towards her.
2. increase in rate, amount, or extent

inflation started to accelerate
[with obj.]
the key question is whether stress accelerates ageing.
[Physics] undergo a change in velocity.

(as adj. accelerating)

an accelerating electron radiates off some of its energy.
II. derivatives

accelerative /əkˈsɛlərətɪv /

– origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘hasten the occurrence of’): from Latin accelerat- ‘hastened’, from the verb accelerare, from ad- ‘towards’ + celer ‘swift’.

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