Simple Definition of quicken
: to make (something) faster
: to become faster
: to make (something, such as a feeling) stronger or more active
Full Definition of quicken
quickenedquickening play \ˈkwi-kə-niŋ, ˈkwik-niŋ\
2 archaic a : kindle b : to cause to burn more intensely
4 a : to make (a curve) sharper b : to make (a slope) steeper
1 : to quicken something
2 : to come to life; especially : to enter into a phase of active growth and development <seeds quickening in the soil>
3 : to reach the stage of gestation at which fetal motion is felt
4 : to shine more brightly <watched the dawn quickening in the east>
Examples of quicken in a sentence
Stimulants can quicken the heart rate.
His pulse quickened at the thought of seeing her again.
The approach of the deadline quickened our sense of urgency.
The drama quickened when police arrived at the scene.
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Synonym Discussion of quicken
synonyms see in addition provoke
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