Definition of quicken
quickeningplay \ˈkwi-kə-niŋ, ˈkwik-niŋ\
2 archaic a : kindleb : to cause to burn more intensely
4a : to make (a curve) sharperb : 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>
quickenerplay \ˈkwi-kə-nər, ˈkwik-nər\ noun
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.
First Known Use of quicken
Synonym Discussion of quicken
synonyms see in addition provoke
QUICKEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quicken for English Language Learners
: to make (something) faster
: to become faster
: to make (something, such as a feeling) stronger or more active
QUICKEN Defined for Kids
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