Definition of accelerate :
1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; - opposed to retard.
2. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure.
3. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.
make haste, repair, drive on, speed up, hotfoot, reanimate, bucket along, revivify, drive, step up, animate, race, cannonball along, despatch, stimulate, urge on, pelt along, fast, renovate, step on it, press forward, travel rapidly, recreate, belt along, invigorate, hie, vivify, whet, rush along, revive, zip
expedite (part of speech: verb)
hasten (part of speech: verb)
- The sun's pull would only accelerate their fall toward the asteroid. - "Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet", Harold Leland Goodwin.
- The happiness which Madame Dartois now enjoyed did not cause her to renounce her plan of visiting her own family; and, as she now had become a Frenchwoman, she thought this title would accelerate her return to her parents' favor. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
- The effect of the hot bath is to increase the fulness of the pulse, accelerate respiration, and excite perspiration. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.