quicken

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

Choose the Right Synonym for quicken

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

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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 Johns, who started nine times in place of Livers, appears to have quickened his development. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Isaiah Livers' injury helped Michigan basketball's top reserves get better," 11 Feb. 2020 Locals in the region told the South China Morning Post the city is paying workers as much as 1,200 yuan (about $173) per day in an attempt to quicken the pace. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Hospital for Coronavirus Patients in Just Six Days. How?," 24 Jan. 2020 In November 2019, the FCC moved to quicken the adoption by means of proposed new rules to split up the band. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi Q8 Will Soon Talk Directly to Virginia's Roads," 23 Jan. 2020 The rate of change needs to quicken, Gilfeather said, cautioning that carbon emissions from the textile industry are forecast to increase by 60% come 2050. Fortune, "Why Your Next Dress Could Be Made of Horseradish," 30 Dec. 2019 The rate of change needs to quicken, Gilfeather said, cautioning that carbon emissions from the textile industry are forecast to increase by 60% come 2050. Washington Post, "Innovative fashion designers lead the way on sustainability," 30 Dec. 2019 And ones touched by clean hands plus the soap and water ones were not exposed to the germs that cause the mold growth to quicken. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Classroom Experiment Shows the Importance of Hand-Washing After Moldy Photos Go Viral," 18 Dec. 2019 On the roads that climb into the Harz Mountains, the steering quickens the farther it is turned, enlivening responses. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 Then came the conversion of more city-center vehicle lanes to exclusive bus lanes, creating bottlenecks that may quicken commutes for a select few but will leave drivers even more gridlocked. Sara Almerri, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: End Denver’s unfair war on car commuters," 18 Nov. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for quicken

quicken

verb
How to pronounce quicken (audio)

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 quickening (audio) \

Medical Definition of quicken

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

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