quick|en

quick|en
quick|en «KWIHK uhn», transitive verb.
1. to cause to move more quickly; hasten: »

Quicken your pace.

SYNONYM(S): hurry, expedite, accelerate.
2. to stir up; make alive: »

to quicken hot ashes into flames. Figurative. Reading adventure stories quickens my imagination. British shipbuilding needed to be streamlined, modernized, quickened up (London Times).

SYNONYM(S): inspire, rouse, stimulate, animate.
3. to give or restore life to.
–v.i.
1. to move more quickly; become faster: »

His pulse quickened.

2. to become more active or alive: »

Figurative. Edwardian sportsmen were at their prime after the Press had quickened just enough to make them household names when they deserved it (London Times).

3. to become living: »

Summer flies…that quicken even with blowing (Shakespeare).

4. to grow bright or brighter: »

The river, the mountain, the quickening east, swam before his eyes (Bret Harte).

5. a) (of a child in the womb) to show life by movements: »

The baby's muscular activity as first felt by the mother is called quickening or “feeling life” (Sidonie M. Gruenberg).

b) (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the movements of the child are felt.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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