- 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 quickener
It was a quickener to him, that his road lay for some distance along the Linden-city causeway.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
Henry's silence was probably meant as a quickener of the beadsman's garrulity.
As a teacher he proved himself a quickener of thought amongst students, rather than a close and special instructor.
It is a quickener of the intellect, a purifier of the affections, and an instrument of heightening our spiritual aspirations.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
And truly Mr. Chesterton is invaluable as a quickener and stimulator of the minds of his readers.Among Famous Books
- 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 quickener
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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