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 for accelerate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Accelerate \Ac*cel"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accelerated;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Accelerating.] [L. acceleratus, p. p. of
     accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See
     1. To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add
        to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.
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     2. To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process
        of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase
        of wealth, etc.
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     3. To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate
        our departure.
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     Accelerated motion (Mech.), motion with a continually
        increasing velocity.
     Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated
        motion.                                     --Nichol.
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     Syn: To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward;
          advance; further.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate,
           speed up, speed, quicken] [ant: decelerate,
           retard, slow, slow down, slow up]
      2: cause to move faster; "He accelerated the car" [syn:
         accelerate, speed, speed up] [ant: decelerate, slow

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "accelerate":
     activate, aggravate, atomize, beef up, blow up, bombard, bundle,
     bustle, cleave, complicate, concentrate, condense, consolidate,
     crack on, cross-bombard, crowd, deepen, dispatch, double, drive,
     drive on, enhance, exacerbate, exaggerate, expedite, fission,
     forward, gain ground, get going, haste, hasten, hasten on, heat up,
     heighten, hie on, hop up, hot up, hurry, hurry along, hurry on,
     hurry up, hustle, hustle up, impel, intensify, jazz up, key up,
     magnify, make complex, nucleize, open the throttle, pick up speed,
     precipitate, press, push, push on, push through, put on,
     put on steam, quicken, race, railroad through, ramify, redouble,
     reinforce, rev, rush, rush along, shake up, sharpen,
     smash the atom, soup up, speed, speed along, speed up, spur,
     stampede, step on it, step up, strengthen, triple, urge, whet,
     whip, whip along

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