Let us consider a body moving in a circular motion . According to Newton's 1st law of motion , the body is expected to move in Tangential path but that will not happen due to Centripetal Acceleration . The body is kept in the circular path i.e velocity is different at different point . Therefore the body is said to be accelerated. And the force that is executing the acceleration is called Centripetal force.
Centripetal force is a type of acceleration which makes body to move in circular path .