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Meaning of accelerate

ac•cel•er•ate

Pronunciation: (ak-sel'u-rāt"), [key]
— v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc., in: to accelerate economic growth.
  2. to hasten the occurrence of: to accelerate the fall of a government.
  3. to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); cause to undergo acceleration.
  4. to reduce the time required for (a course of study) by intensifying the work, eliminating detail, etc.
—v.i.
  1. to move or go faster; increase in speed.
  2. to progress or develop faster.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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