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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ac·cel·er·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accelerated p. pr. & vb. n. Accelerating.]
 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.
 Accelerated motion Mech., motion with a continually increasing velocity.
 Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated motion.
    --Nichol.
 Syn: -- To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward; advance; further.