(Latin: fast, speed, swift, rapid)
Compare this element with brady- for words with opposite meanings.
Lamont is sure that cutting taxes will help to accelerate economic growth in the country.2. To make the accomplishment of something take place sooner: Martin had to accelerate his university studies in order to be ready for his final exams.
3. To cause to happen sooner; hasten: Resting often accelerates a person's recovery from an illness.
4. Etymology: from Latin ad-, "to" + celerare, "to hasten, to make happen faster"; which came from celer, "quick".
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2. A descriptive term for something that has happened or developed faster, or that which was pushed to happen or to develop faster.
2. An increase in the rate at which something happens or develops.
2. A machine used to increase the velocity, and hence the kinetic energy, of subatomic particles or nuclei; usually, in preparation for collision with a target.
2. A tracing produced by an accelerograph (an apparatus for recording the succession of pressures developed in a power-chamber by the combustion of a charge.
2. Instruments that show, and record, the speed of tremors occurring in an earthquake.
2. Instruments used for determining the speed of a moving body or for measuring mechanical vibrations.
Gossip often travels with celerity, as well as children who are trying to get to a big plate of cookies.