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English definition of “accelerate”

accelerate

verb     /əkˈsel.ə.reɪt/ US  /-ɚ.eɪt/
C2 [I] When a vehicle or its driver accelerates, the speed of the vehicle increases: I accelerated to overtake the bus. → Opposite decelerateIncreasing and decreasing speed of motion C2 [I] If a person or object accelerates, he, she, or it goes faster.Increasing and decreasing speed of motion C1 [I or T] to happen or make something happen sooner or faster: Inflation is likely to accelerate this year, adding further upward pressure on interest rates. They use special chemicals to accelerate the growth of crops.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
(Definition of accelerate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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