Quicken - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkwɪkən|  American pronunciation of the word quicken
Brit.  |ˈkwɪk(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word quicken


- move faster (syn: accelerate, speed)
- make keen or more acute (syn: whet)
- give life or energy to (syn: invigorate)
- show signs of life

the fetus quickened

- give new life or energy to (syn: animate, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify)


Stimulants can quicken the heart rate.

His pulse quickened at the thought of seeing her again.

The approach of the deadline quickened our sense of urgency.

The drama quickened when police arrived at the scene.

You'll have to quicken up your rate of work if you want to finish by the agreed date.

He quickened his pace a little.

His breath quickened.

The seed which is sown shall one day sprout and quicken.

Ray glanced at his watch and quickened his pace (=began to walk faster).

Companies are finding it hard to cope with the quickening pace of technological change.

She caught sight of Rob and felt her heart quicken.

This policy served only to quicken anti-government feeling.

I felt the spirit of adventure quicken within me.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: quicken
he/she/it: quickens
present participle: quickening
past tense: quickened
past participle: quickened
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