Definition of abbreviation (noun) -to hasten; to increase the speed of something; to speed something up
Part of speech:Verb
Nature is a precarious system, likely to accelerate to catastrophe if tampered with, is one extreme view.
Yet we can expect the rate of change to accelerate rather than slow down within our lifetimes.
There will been less braking and accelerating with driverless cars and thus less gridlock on the roads.
Second, the article posits that this new project will accelerate the rate for the discoveries, which means there will be more discoveries.