Verb > Accelerate

1 : to move faster : to gain speed

(no object)

She stepped on the gas and the car accelerated.

The plane accelerated down the runway.

(+ object]

She stepped on the gas and accelerated the car.

2 : to cause (something) to happen sooner or more quickly

(+ object]

He says that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth.

Conditions accelerated our departure. (=conditions caused us to depart sooner]

(no object]

The rate of economic growth has continued to accelerate.

accelerated adjective

Changes have occurred at an accelerated pace/rate.

She’s taking an accelerated course in English. (=a course in which English is taught at a faster pace than usual]

accelerating adjective

an accelerating rate