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[ak-sel-uh-reyt] /ækˈsɛl əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), accelerated, accelerating.
to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc., in:
to accelerate economic growth.
to hasten the occurrence of:
to accelerate the fall of a government.
Mechanics. to change the velocity of (a body) or the rate of (motion); cause to undergo acceleration.
to reduce the time required for (a course of study) by intensifying the work, eliminating detail, etc.
verb (used without object), accelerated, accelerating.
to move or go faster; increase in speed.
to progress or develop faster.
1515-25; < Latin accelerātus speeded up (past participle of accelerāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + celer swift + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
accelerable, adjective
acceleratedly, adverb
overaccelerate, verb, overaccelerated, overaccelerating.
reaccelerate, verb, reaccelerated, reaccelerating.
self-accelerating, adjective
unaccelerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accelerated
  • He wishes this future accelerated, and accelerated through him.
  • With the onset of warmer weather in the past three decades, their deterioration has accelerated.
  • Drug resistance, however, has been accelerated by global misuse of antibiotics.
  • Yet, despite accelerated efforts since that time, it is far from solved.
  • Finally, the truck reached the top and accelerated down the hill, followed by all the cars.
  • accelerated thoughts may trigger the brain's novelty-loving reward system.
  • Cancer in wild animals may be triggered or accelerated by environmental contaminants, some researchers argue.
  • Now, as a rule, experiments involving accelerated protons do not get a lot of media attention.
  • We thereby accelerated the erasure of entire ecosystems and the extinction of thousands of million-year-old species.
  • Scientists had previously been unsure of the role of glial cells, that is, whether they slowed or accelerated plaque formation.
British Dictionary definitions for accelerated


to go, occur, or cause to go or occur more quickly; speed up
(transitive) to cause to happen sooner than expected
(transitive) to increase the velocity of (a body, reaction, etc); cause acceleration
Derived Forms
accelerable, adjective
accelerative, acceleratory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin accelerātus, from accelerāre to go faster, from ad- (intensive) + celerāre to hasten, from celer swift
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Word Origin and History for accelerated



1520s, from Latin acceleratus, past participle of accelerare "to hasten, to quicken," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + celerare "hasten," from celer "swift" (see celerity). Related: Accelerated; accelerating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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