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verb accelerate pronunciation in British English /əkˈseləreɪt/
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present tense
present participleaccelerating
past tenseaccelerated
past participleaccelerated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to happen or make something happen at a faster rate
    The increased capital could greatly accelerate economic development.
    The decline of her health seemed to suddenly accelerate.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a vehicle accelerates, it moves faster
    Suddenly the van accelerated and shot forward.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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