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.
- quick·en·er, noun
- re·quick·en, verb
- un·quick·ened, adjective
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How to use quicken in a sentence
More recently, researchers have correlated a quickening economic pulse in Iceland with years that had above-average temperatures, just as suffocating heat waves in the global South have tempered growth.The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Sergey Ponomarev | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
To that end, he floated the possibility of appointing more “judges with some expertise in the field” to quicken the pace at which cases proceed.Walking the fine line between antitrust and anti-tech | reymashayekhi | December 2, 2020 | Fortune
That quickens their release of carbon back into the air — which is disappointing news for global warming.
In the hours that followed, the pace of job cuts at some of the world’s biggest companies — across in a range of industries from energy to finance — quickened.From Disney to Shell, companies announced tens of thousands of job cuts over just one day | kdunn6 | October 1, 2020 | Fortune
When the pace quickened, I was terrible about setting boundaries between my work and home lives.How this year’s 40 Under 40 are surviving the pandemic | jonathanvanian2015 | September 7, 2020 | Fortune
quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and has invested a billion dollars in the years since.Online Jobs Listings in Detroit Region Grow Strongly | Filipa Ioannou | August 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even Judy's appeals to "try and remember about Bombay" failed to quicken him.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
The man did not live, nor could the occasion arrive, which would quicken his constitutional drawl.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The monk's eyes seemed to quicken, as though his interest in the outer world had suddenly revived.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
I put the strongest in the rear, with orders to quicken the pace of the sluggards with the points of their bayonets in the back.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete | Guy de Maupassant
One wave will be mowed down and another will quicken the pace a trifle and take its place.Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
British Dictionary definitions for quicken
to make or become faster; accelerate: he quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement
to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulated: science 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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