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accelerate

verb  us   /ɪkˈsel·əˌreɪt, æk-/

accelerate verb (GO FASTER)

[I] to move more quickly, or to make something happen faster or sooner: [I] He stepped on the gas and accelerated rapidly to pass a car.

accelerate verb (INCREASE RATE)

physics [T] to make something, esp. a process or a very small piece of matter, move faster
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