Accelerate vs Fasten - What's the difference?

accelerate | fasten |

As verbs the difference between accelerate and fasten

is that accelerate is (label) to cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of while fasten is to attach or connect in a secure manner.

As an adjective accelerate

is (rare) accelerated; quickened; hastened; hurried.




  • (label) To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of.
  • (label) To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of.
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  • To cause a change of velocity.
  • (label) To hasten, as the occurrence of an event.
  • To enable a student to finish a course of study in less than normal time.
  • (label) To become faster; to begin to move more quickly.
  • (label) Grow; increase.
  • (label)
  • Synonyms

    * advance * dispatch * expedite * forward * further * hasten * quicken * speed up


    * decelerate * retard

    Derived terms

    * accelerative * accelerator * accelerated motion * accelerating force


  • (rare) Accelerated; quickened; hastened; hurried.
  • * 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems , Dialogue 2:
  • ... a general knowledg of the definition of motion, and of the distinction of natural and violent, even and accelerate , and the like, sufficing.


    * English ergative verbs ----




    (en verb)
  • To attach or connect in a secure manner.
  • The sailor fastened the boat to the dock with a half-hitch.
    Fasten your seatbelts!
    Can you fasten these boards together with some nails?
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them.
  • To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to land.
  • to fasten a blow
  • * Shakespeare
  • if I can fasten but one cup upon him


    * * English ergative verbs ----