1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; opposed to retard.

2. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.

3. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure.

<mechanics> Accelerated motion, motion with a continually increasing velocity. Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated motion. (Nichol)

Synonyms: To hasten, expedite, quicken, dispatch, forward, advance, further.

Origin: L. Acceleratus, p. P. Of accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See Celerity.

(01 Mar 1998)

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