quicken

verb
quick·​en | \ ˈkwi-kən How to pronounce quicken (audio) \
quickened; quickening\ ˈkwi-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce quicken (audio) , ˈkwik-​niŋ \

Definition of quicken

transitive verb

1a : to make alive : revive
b : to cause to be enlivened : stimulate
2 archaic
a : kindle
b : to cause to burn more intensely
3 : to make more rapid : hasten, accelerate quickened her steps
4a : to make (a curve) sharper
b : to make (a slope) steeper

intransitive verb

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
5 : to become more rapid her pulse quickened at the sight

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Other Words from quicken

quickener \ ˈkwi-​kə-​nər How to pronounce quicken (audio) , ˈkwik-​nər \ noun

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quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively. quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert. the arrival of spring quickens the earth animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial. happiness animated his conversation enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity. enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality. new blood needed to vivify the dying club

synonyms see in addition provoke

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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Recent Examples on the Web As Frankie gets closer to Boston, his memories quicken into life, rich and painful at once. James Wood, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 For small businesses, funds are being deployed in an effort to quicken the recovery process. Nick Williams, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 In contrast to the gradual process of top-down thaw, thermokarst suddenly exposes permafrost to the elements, which quicken the rate of thaw and decomposition. Ben Weissenbach, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 Few argue with the motive behind the plan, at a time of rising waters, increasingly intense storms, and projections that annual losses of coastal land will quicken. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2021 Whatever the reason, the changes that Miguel had to make to quicken up his swing and get to more pitches than in the futility of the mini-season clearly have not occurred. Sano struck out an astounding 90 times in 186 at-bats in 2020. Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 However, the pace has been increasing and will probably continue to quicken in the coming weeks. Janie Haseman, USA Today, 12 Mar. 2021 To quicken the learning process, Thomas has hunkered down with Marco. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 The expansion of businesses in an ever-widening global marketplace continues to unfold and quicken its pace. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of quicken

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Quicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicken. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for quicken

quicken

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quicken

: to make (something) faster
: to become faster
: to make (something, such as a feeling) stronger or more active

quicken

verb
quick·​en | \ ˈkwi-kən How to pronounce quicken (audio) \
quickened; quickening

Kids Definition of quicken

1 : to make or become faster : hasten They quickened their steps.
2 : to make or become stronger or more active Curiosity quickened my interest.
quick·​en | \ ˈkwik-ən How to pronounce quicken (audio) \
quickened; quickening\ -​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce quicken (audio) \

Medical Definition of quicken

: to reach the stage of gestation at which fetal motion is felt

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