- Verb: accelerate ak'selu`reyt
- Move faster
"The car accelerated"
- speed up, speed, quicken
- Cause to move faster
"He accelerated the car"
- speed, speed up
Derived forms: accelerating, accelerated, accelerates
- Move faster
1 [+ obj or no obj]
to happen or to make sth happen faster or earlier than expected:
Technological change is accelerating.
Job losses have accelerated in the last two months.
The company has announced it is accelerating its cost-cutting programme.
2 [no obj]
(about the economy) to increase in activity so that demand for goods increases:
Will consumption slow before the global economy starts to accelerate?
3 (Finance ) [+ obj]
to demand that a debt is paid back at once or more quickly than first agreed, because the person who has borrowed the money has failed to make regular payments:
Their major investor is now seeking to accelerate the loan.
acceleration // noun [sing; U]:
a sharp acceleration in the rate of economic growth
the acceleration of technological progress
-at·ed; -at·ingvt : to cause to move faster or speed up accelerated speech and motor activity in manic patients; also : to cause to undergo acceleration
¦ vi : to move faster : gain speed
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- the diffusion process seems to be accelerating.
- an expansion wave in accelerating flow broadens.
- degradation is accelerated following leaf detachment.
- the end would be accelerated growth.
- the sale of offices was accelerated.