- to animate; enliven; revive
- to arouse; stimulate; stir
- to cause to move more rapidly; hasten
Origin of quickenMiddle English quickenen from Old Norse kvikna, akin to Old English cwician from cwicu, living: see quick
- to become enlivened; revive
- to begin to show signs of life, as a fetus in the womb
- to enter the stage of pregnancy in which the movement of the fetus can be felt
- to become more rapid; speed up: the pulse quickens with fear
verbquick·ened, quick·en·ing, quick·ens
- To make more rapid: Stress quickens the pulse.
- To cause (a body or soul, for example) to become alive; vitalize.
- To excite and stimulate; stir: Such stories quicken the imagination.
- To become more rapid. See Synonyms at speed.
- To come or return to life, as a soul.
- To become excited or stimulated: Our interest in the project has quickened.
- To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
(third-person singular simple present quickens, present participle quickening, simple past and past participle quickened)
- (now literary) To give life to; to animate, make alive, revive. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive, now literary) To come back to life, receive life. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To take on a state of activity or vigour comparable to life; to be roused, excited. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) Of a pregnant woman: to first feel the movements of the foetus, or reach the stage of pregnancy at which this takes place; of a foetus: to begin to move. [from 16th c.]
- To make quicker; to hasten, speed up. [from 17th c.]
- (intransitive) To become faster. [from 17th c.]
- My heartbeat quickened when I heard him approach.
- (shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper.
- to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced
- The European rowan tree.
From quick +"Ž -en. Compare Swedish kvickna, Danish kvikne.
quicken - Computer Definition
A popular financial management program for PCs and Macs from Intuit, Inc., Mountain View, CA (www.intuit.com). It is used to write checks, organize investments and produce a variety of reports for personal finance and small business.