AskDefine | Define quicken

Dictionary Definition

quicken

Verb

1 move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate, speed up, speed] [ant: decelerate]
2 make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite" [syn: whet]
3 give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him" [syn: invigorate]
4 show signs of life; "the fetus quickened"
5 give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health" [syn: animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, vivify, revivify]

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English

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Etymology

Verb

  1. To make something quicker; to become quicker.
    I quickened my pace when I heard him approach.
    I quickened when I heard him approach.
  2. In the context of "biblical|archaic": To give life to; to come to life.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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