August 12, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
accelerate /ɪkˈsɛləˌreɪt/ verb

accelerates; accelerated; accelerating

Sports cars accelerate quickly.
Sports cars accelerate quickly.
Learner's definition of ACCELERATE

1 : to move faster : to gain speed

[no object]

  • She stepped on the gas and the car accelerated.

  • The plane accelerated down the runway.

[+ object]

  • She stepped on the gas and accelerated the car.

2 : to cause (something) to happen sooner or more quickly

[+ object]

  • He says that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth.

  • Conditions accelerated our departure. [=conditions caused us to depart sooner]

[no object]

  • The rate of economic growth has continued to accelerate.

accelerated adjective

  • Changes have occurred at an accelerated pace/rate.

  • She's taking an accelerated course in English. [=a course in which English is taught at a faster pace than usual]

accelerating adjective

  • an accelerating rate

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