speed up

speed up
verb
1. move faster (Freq. 3)
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The car accelerated

Syn: ↑accelerate, ↑speed, ↑quicken
Ant: ↑decelerate (for: ↑accelerate)
Derivationally related forms: ↑quickening (for: ↑quicken), ↑speed (for: ↑speed), ↑speedup, ↑acceleratory (for: ↑accelerate), ↑accelerative (for: ↑accelerate)
Hypernyms: ↑intensify, ↑deepen
Hyponyms: ↑brisk, ↑brisk up, ↑brisken
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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These cars won't speed up

2. cause to move faster
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He accelerated the car

Syn: ↑accelerate, ↑speed
Ant: ↑decelerate (for: ↑accelerate)
Derivationally related forms: ↑speedup, ↑speed (for: ↑speed), ↑acceleratory (for: ↑accelerate), ↑accelerative (for: ↑accelerate), ↑acceleration (for: ↑accelerate), ↑accelerator (for: ↑accelerate)
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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speed up [phrasal verb]
speed up or speed up (something or someone) or speed (something or someone) up : to become faster or to make (something or someone) faster

I hate it when cars speed up [=accelerate] while you're trying to pass them.

The work has been slow so far but it should speed up soon.

They add another chemical to the photo developer to speed up the process.

I'm afraid there's nothing you can do to speed things up.

They're working too slowly. How can we speed them up?

— see also speedup
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Main Entry:speed

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ˌspeed ˈup | ˌspeed sthˈup derived
to move or happen faster; to make sth move or happen faster

The train soon speeded up.

Can you try and

speed things up

a bit?

They have speeded up production of the new car.

Main entry:speedderived

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