from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To increase the speed of.
- transitive v. To cause to occur sooner than expected.
- transitive v. To cause to develop or progress more quickly: a substance used to accelerate a fire.
- transitive v. To reduce the time required for (an academic course, for example); compress into a shorter period.
- transitive v. To make it possible for (a student) to finish an academic course faster than usual.
- transitive v. Physics To change the velocity of.
- intransitive v. To move or act faster. See Synonyms at speed.
- intransitive v. To engage in an academic program that progresses faster than usual.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of.
- v. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of.
- v. To cause a change of velocity.
- v. To hasten, as the occurrence of an event.
- v. To enable a student to finish a course of study in less than normal time.
- v. To become faster; to begin to move more quickly.
- v. Grow; increase.
- v. Alternative form of accelerated.
- adj. Accelerated; quickened; hastened; hurried.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of
- transitive v. To hasten, as the occurence of an event.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make quicker; cause to move or advance faster; hasten; add to the velocity of; give a higher rate of progress to: as, to accelerate motion or the rate of motion; to accelerate the transmission of intelligence; to accelerate the growth of a plant, or the progress of knowledge.
- To bring nearer in time; bring about, or help to bring about, more speedily than would otherwise have been the case: as, to accelerate the ruin of a government; to accelerate death.
- To become faster; increase in speed.
- To assign a date earlier than the true or real one; give an earlier date to; antedate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to move faster
- v. move faster
Latin accelerāre, accelerāt- : ad-, intensive pref.; see ad- + celerāre, to quicken (from celer, swift).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)