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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-sel-uh-reyt]
    • /ækˈsɛl əˌreɪt/
    • /əkˈsel.ə.reɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-sel-uh-reyt]
    • /ækˈsɛl əˌreɪt/

Definitions of accelerate word

  • verb accelerate If the process or rate of something accelerates or if something accelerates it, it gets faster and faster. 3
  • verb accelerate When a moving vehicle accelerates, it goes faster and faster. 3
  • verb accelerate to go, occur, or cause to go or occur more quickly; speed up 3
  • verb accelerate to cause to happen sooner than expected 3
  • verb accelerate to increase the velocity of (a body, reaction, etc); cause acceleration 3
  • verb transitive accelerate to increase the speed of 3

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Origin of accelerate

First appearance:

before 1515
One of the 27% oldest English words
1515-25; < Latin accelerātus speeded up (past participle of accelerāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + celer swift + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Accelerate


accelerate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

accelerate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accelerate

verb accelerate

  • advance — To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone.
  • step up — effecting an increase.
  • further — at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
  • hasten — to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.
  • spur — a batch of newly made rag-paper sheets.

noun accelerate

  • speed — rapidity in moving, going, traveling, proceeding, or performing; swiftness; celerity: the speed of light; the speed of sound.

Antonyms for accelerate

verb accelerate

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • block — A block of flats or offices is a large building containing them.
  • cease — If something ceases, it stops happening or existing.
  • delay — If you delay doing something, you do not do it immediately or at the planned or expected time, but you leave it until later.

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