- to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
- to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.
- to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.
- to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
- to become alive; receive life.
- (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
- (of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.
Origin of quicken
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2. animate, vitalize, enliven. 3. vivify.
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Examples from the Web for quicken
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When it boils, quicken the fire, and skim the pot carefully.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Therefore, he further permitted his horses to quicken their pace.The Law-Breakers
And how, on the other hand, are we to strengthen it, to quicken its sluggish blood?The Book of Khalid
We half wished they might appear, that the horses might quicken their paces.
It is the business of the sacred work to quicken his ear to it.Another Sheaf
- to make or become faster; acceleratehe quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement
- to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulatedscience quickens man's imagination
- to make or become alive; revive
- (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
- (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt
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Word Origin and History for quicken
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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