See also: speed-up and speedup

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speed up (third-person singular simple present speeds up, present participle speeding up, simple past and past participle speeded up or sped up)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To accelerate; to increase speed.
    Synonym: pick up speed
    Antonyms: hold up, let up, slow, slow down, slow up
    Coordinate terms: hurry, rush
    The car sped up as it went around the corner.
  2. (transitive) To accelerate (something): to increase its speed, to make it go faster.
    Antonyms: hold up, slow, slow down
    Coordinate terms: hurry, rush
    You shouldn't speed up your car when you go around corners.
    • 1960 February, “The dieselised St. Pancras suburban service”, in Trains Illustrated, page 95:
      The through Moorgate service has been most handsomely speeded up, and suburban trains in both directions now run non-stop between Kings Cross (Underground) and Elstree.
    • 1964 September, “Motive Power Miscellany: BR Workshops”, in Modern Railways, page 220:
      Work on anti-frost precautions on diesel locomotives is to be speeded up to ensure that most if not all locomotives have been dealt with before the winter sets in.

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