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ac·cel·er·ate / akˈseləˌrāt/ • v. [intr.] (of a vehicle or other physical object) begin to move more quickly. ∎  increase in amount or extent: inflation started to accelerate. ∎  Physics undergo a change in velocity. ∎  [tr.] cause to go faster: the question is whether stress accelerates aging. DERIVATIVES: ac·cel·er·a·tive / -ərətiv; -ˌrātiv/ adj.

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accelerate XVI. f. pp. stem of L. accelerāre, f. AC- + celer swift; see CELERITY, -ATE3.
So acceleration XVI. — (O)F. or L.

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