Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To decrease the velocity of.
  • intransitive verb To slow down the rate of advancement of.
  • intransitive verb To decrease in velocity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To decrease in velocity: opposed to accelerate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to cause to reduce speed. Opposite of accelerate.
  • intransitive verb to reduce speed. Opposite of accelerate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to reduce the velocity of something
  • verb to reduce the rate of advancement of something, such as a disease
  • verb intransitive to go slower

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb lose velocity; move more slowly
  • verb reduce the speed of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[de– + (ac)celerate.]

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