[ kwik-uhn ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.

  2. to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.

  1. to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.

  2. to become alive; receive life.

  1. (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.

  2. (of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.

Origin of quicken

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

Other words for quicken

Other words from quicken

  • quick·en·er, noun
  • re·quick·en, verb
  • un·quick·ened, adjective

Words Nearby quicken

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How to use quicken in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for quicken


/ (ˈkwɪkən) /

  1. to make or become faster; accelerate: he quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement

  2. to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulated: science quickens man's imagination

  1. 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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