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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-sel-uh-rey-shuh n]
    • /ækˌsɛl əˈreɪ ʃən/
    • /əkˌsel.əˈreɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-sel-uh-rey-shuh n]
    • /ækˌsɛl əˈreɪ ʃən/

Definitions of acceleration word

  • uncountable noun acceleration The acceleration of a process or change is the fact that it is getting faster and faster. 3
  • uncountable noun acceleration Acceleration is the rate at which a car or other vehicle can increase its speed, often seen in terms of the time that it takes to reach a particular speed. 3
  • uncountable noun acceleration Acceleration is the rate at which the speed of an object increases. 3
  • noun acceleration the act of accelerating or the state of being accelerated 3
  • noun acceleration the rate of increase of speed or the rate of change of velocity 3
  • noun acceleration the power to accelerate 3

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Origin of acceleration

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1525-35, acceleration is from the Latin word accelerātiōn- (stem of accelerātiō). See accelerate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Acceleration


acceleration popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for acceleration

noun acceleration

  • quickening — to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
  • dispatch — to send off or away with speed, as a messenger, telegram, body of troops, etc.
  • stimulation — to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
  • hurrying — to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
  • spurring — a U -shaped device that slips over and straps to the heel of a boot and has a blunt, pointed, or roweled projection at the back for use by a mounted rider to urge a horse forward.

Antonyms for acceleration

noun acceleration

  • deferral — Deferral means the same as deferment.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • retardation — the act of retarding or state of being retarded.
  • deceleration — to decrease the velocity of: He decelerates the bobsled when he nears a curve.

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