accelerate Definition

  • 1to increase in speed or rate
  • 2to cause something to happen faster or sooner

Using accelerate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "accelerate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The car accelerated quickly.

  • Example

    We need to accelerate the pace of our work.

  • Example

    The new policy will accelerate the growth of the economy.

accelerate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for accelerate

Antonyms for accelerate

Phrases with accelerate

  • accelerate towards

    to move faster in the direction of something


    The train accelerated towards the station.

  • to increase speed while passing through something


    The car accelerated through the intersection.

  • to increase speed while moving away from something


    The motorcycle accelerated out of the turn.

Origins of accelerate

from Latin 'accelerare', meaning 'to hasten'


Summary: accelerate in Brief

To 'accelerate' [ækˈseləreɪt] is to increase in speed or rate, or to cause something to happen faster or sooner. It is often used in the context of vehicles or work pace, as in 'The car accelerated quickly.' and 'We need to accelerate the pace of our work.' 'Accelerate' can also be used in phrases like 'accelerate towards,' 'accelerate through,' and 'accelerate out of,' which denote increasing speed in different directions.

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