'Quicken' definitions:

Definition of 'quicken'

(from WordNet)
Move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate, speed up, speed, quicken] [ant: decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up]
Make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite" [syn: whet, quicken]
Give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him" [syn: quicken, invigorate]
Show signs of life; "the fetus quickened"
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, quicken, vivify, revivify]

Definition of 'Quicken'

  • Quicken \Quick"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened; p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.] [AS. cwician. See Quick, a.]
  • 1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite. [1913 Webster]
  • The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize. -- South. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. (Shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced. [1913 Webster]
  • Syn: To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'Quicken'

  • Quicken \Quick"en\, v. i.
  • 1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the fetus in the womb. [1913 Webster]
  • The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies. -- Ray. [1913 Webster]
  • And keener lightnings quicken in her eye. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
  • When the pale and bloodless east began To quicken to the sun. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened. [1913 Webster]

Synonyms of 'quicken'

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Words containing 'Quicken'