Meaning of “accelerate” in the English Dictionary

"accelerate" in British English

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accelerateverb

uk /əkˈsel.ə.reɪt/ us /əkˈsel.ɚ.eɪt/

C2 [ I ] When a vehicle or its driver accelerates, the speed of the vehicle increases:

I accelerated to overtake the bus.
Opposite

C2 [ I ] If a person or object accelerates, he, she, or it goes faster.

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.

More examples

  • The driver accelerated on the bend and appeared to lose control of the vehicle.
  • We watched as the motorbike accelerated away into the distance.
  • The van driver accelerated every time I tried to overtake him.
  • Anne gripped my hand as the plane began accelerating along the runway.
  • You have to accelerate gradually as you run down the track, and then take a big jump.

(Definition of “accelerate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accelerate" in American English

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accelerateverb

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

(Definition of “accelerate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accelerate" in Business English

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accelerateverb [ I or T ]

uk /əkˈseləreɪt/ us

to go faster or make something go faster:

The car can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 6 seconds.
Inflation is likely to accelerate this year, adding further upward pressure on interest rates.
They use chemical treatments to accelerate the growth of crops.

(Definition of “accelerate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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