Definition of quicken
- seeds quickening in the soil
- watched the dawn quickening in the east
- her pulse quickened at the sight
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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synonyms see in addition provoke
: to make (something) faster
: to become faster
: to make (something, such as a feeling) stronger or more active
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