Accelerate means to speed up. A car accelerates when you step on the gas. You can accelerate the process of getting a visa if you happen to know someone who works in the consulate.

The fastest Amtrak trains are called the Acela line, a made-up word intended to suggest accelerate and therefore communicate that these trains are fast. If you are standing close to one when it zooms by, you may find yourself having an accelerated heart rate — they move pretty fast!

Definitions of accelerate

v move faster

“The car accelerated
quicken, speed, speed up
decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up
lose velocity; move more slowly
brisk, brisk up, brisken
become brisk
Type of:
deepen, intensify
become more intense

v cause to move faster

“He accelerated the car”
speed, speed up
decelerate, slow down
reduce the speed of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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