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.
Recent Examples on the WebOver the past decade, the deep cut has taken root among a generation of listeners acutely aware of the quickening pace at which their youth is accelerating.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 Folau found his footsteps quickening, his voice growing urgent.—Corina Knoll, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 But before the thought resolves, the traffic quickens and the serene forgetfulness of highway driving resumes.—Oliver Broudy, Men's Health, 17 Aug. 2023 My pulse quickened, and sweat poured from my forehead, burning my eyes.—Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2023 Directed by Matthew Lopez and starring Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz and Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry, my pulse kept quickening as the details came.—Samuel Maude, ELLE, 11 Aug. 2023 The Texas ranch where Gilda Jackson trains and sells horses has been plagued by grasshoppers this year, a problem that only gets worse when the hatch quickens in times of heat and drought.—Melina Walling, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 Virtually no daypart goes unchanged in the revamp, as the network struggles with ratings challenges worsened by the quickening pulse of people cutting the cord on cable television.—David Bauder, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2023 The pace of Dobbins’ return from the physically unable to perform list should quicken.—Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 14 Aug. 2023 See More
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