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"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 ​happenfaster 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 ​smallpiece of ​matter, move ​faster
(Definition of accelerate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"accelerate" in British English

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accelerateverb

uk   /əkˈsel.ə.reɪt/  us   /-ɚ.eɪt/
C2 [I] When a ​vehicle or ​itsdriver accelerates, the ​speed of the ​vehicleincreases: 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 ​happensooner or ​faster: Inflation is ​likely to accelerate this ​year, ​addingfurtherupwardpressure on ​interestrates. They use ​specialchemicals to accelerate the ​growth of ​crops.

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(Definition of accelerate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accelerate" in Business English

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accelerateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əkˈseləreɪt/
to go faster or make something go faster: The ​car can accelerate to 60 ​milesper hour in just 6 ​seconds. Inflation is likely to accelerate this ​year, ​adding further ​upwardpressure on ​interestrates. They use ​chemicaltreatments to accelerate the ​growth of ​crops.
(Definition of accelerate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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