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accelerate

ac·cel·er·ate

accelerate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk se lr eIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: accelerated, accelerates, accelerating
definition 1: to cause (a particular activity or process) to happen faster.
He accelerated his college program and received his degree early.
synonyms:
hasten, speed
antonyms:
decelerate, delay, retard, slow
similar words:
hurry, hustle, increase, precipitate, quicken
definition 2: to increase the speed or rate of.
He noisily accelerated his motorcycle as he drove past his friends.
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synonyms:
quicken, speed up
antonyms:
check, decelerate, slow
similar words:
gun, race, rev, skyrocket, spur, urge
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to increase the speed or rate of something.
She accelerated quickly in order to pass the car safely.
synonyms:
quicken, speed up
antonyms:
check, decelerate, retard
similar words:
race, rev, skyrocket
definition 2: to change speeds from a slower rate to a faster rate.
Be careful on the highway, because this car accelerates slowly.
antonyms:
decelerate
derivation: accelerative (adj.)
Word Builder: accelerate +
  • accelerator:
    a device that increases the speed of something, such as the gas pedal in a car.
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The word accelerate contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
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).