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decelerate

de·cel·er·ate

decelerate

 
 
pronunciation:
dih se l reIt
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: decelerated, decelerates, decelerating
definition: to lower the speed of; decrease in velocity; slow down.
It's important to decelerate gradually when driving on snow.
antonyms:
accelerate
similar words:
slow
derivations: deceleration (n.), decelerator (n.)
Word Parts
The word decelerate contains the following parts:
celer Latin root that means swift
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).