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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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