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

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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So far, more than half of the House Democratic caucus — 134 out of 235 — have publicly backed an impeachment inquiry, with the pace quickening in the wake of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report this spring. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "Democratic freshmen holdouts on impeachment face rising pressure," 9 Sep. 2019 Colin Jacobsen and Ma’s relationship was delightfully in sync, however — the two grinning at each other as the tempo quickened in more intense moments. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Yo-Yo Ma brings star power to Philharmonic's 25th-anniversary concert," 9 May 2018 Solar-powered fish-dryers have quickened the process of preparing tiddlers for market. The Economist, "Climate change is making it harder to reduce poverty in Malawi," 16 Sep. 2019 Tidal gauges show sea levels have risen roughly nine inches since 1930, and researchers at the University of Rhode Island have determined that the rate has quickened by about a third in recent years. Anchorage Daily News, "Extreme climate change has arrived in America. Here are the fastest-warming places.," 13 Aug. 2019 This is vintage Morris—the mundane mingling with the majestic in a casual embrace, a regular walk quickened by Welsh military marches and stirring requiems. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘In My Mind’s Eye’ Review: Marching Through the Days," 4 Jan. 2019 This quickened the pace of the game (the play clock had been reduced to 40 seconds from 45 the previous season, resulting in more timeouts) and has created extra layers of tactical maneuvering. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Accordingly, the First World War quickened technologies and undermined elites. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 The 0-60 mph acceleration of 8.6 seconds, mediocre in this class, isn’t as important as the quickening 0-30 mph, the block-to-block, green-light-to-red pace. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Lexus UX 250h: Perfect If You Have No Kids and Extra Cash," 20 June 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

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 quickening (audio) \

Medical Definition of quicken

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

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