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accelerate

verb uk   /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.
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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.
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