Quicken meaning

kwĭkən
To cause (a body or soul, for example) to become alive; vitalize.
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To become more rapid; speed up.

The pulse quickens with fear.

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To excite and stimulate; stir.

Such stories quicken the imagination.

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To come or return to life, as a soul.
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To become enlivened; revive.
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To become more rapid.
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To become excited or stimulated.

Our interest in the project has quickened.

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To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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To animate; enliven; revive.
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To arouse; stimulate; stir.
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To cause to move more rapidly; hasten.
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To become more rapid.
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To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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(now literary) To give life to; to animate, make alive, revive. [from 14th c.]
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(intransitive, now literary) To come back to life, receive life. [from 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To take on a state of activity or vigour comparable to life; to be roused, excited. [from 15th c.]
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(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.]
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To make quicker; to hasten, speed up. [from 17th c.]
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(intransitive) To become faster. [from 17th c.]

My heartbeat quickened when I heard him approach.

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(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.

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The European rowan tree.
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To make more rapid.

Stress quickens the pulse.

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Origin of quicken

  • From quick +"Ž -en. Compare Swedish kvickna, Danish kvikne.

    From Wiktionary