[ kwik-uhn ]
/ ˈkwɪk ən /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

Origin of quicken

First recorded in 1250–1300, quicken is from the Middle English word quikenen. See quick, -en1


quick·en·er, nounre·quick·en, verbun·quick·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quicken

/ (ˈkwɪkən) /


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
  1. (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
  2. (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt
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Medical definitions for quicken

[ kwĭkən ]


To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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