quicken




When things quicken, they speed up or make something go faster. If you’re late for school, you should probably quicken your pace.

Your heartbeat probably quickens when you’re afraid or after you’ve been running fast, and you could also say that your curiosity quickens (or increases) when you overhear a mysterious phone call. The oldest meaning of quicken, however, is “come to life,” a definition which sounds very old fashioned now, but which was once used to describe an advanced stage of pregnancy: “The fetus began to quicken.”

Definitions of quicken
  1. verb

    move faster

    synonyms:
    accelerate, speed, speed up
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    Antonyms:

    decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up

    lose velocity; move more slowly
    types:

    brisk, brisk up, brisken

    become brisk
    type of:

    deepen, intensify

    become more intense

  2. verb

    make keen or more acute

    synonyms:
    whet
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    type of:

    excite, stimulate, stir

    stir feelings in

  3. verb

    give life or energy to

    synonyms:
    invigorate
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    type of:

    excite, stimulate

    act as a stimulant

  4. verb

    give new life or energy to

    synonyms:
    animate, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify

    come to, resuscitate, revive

    return to consciousness
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    type of:

    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate

    cause to be alert and energetic

  5. verb

    show signs of life

    “the fetus
    quickened
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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

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