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quicken

[kwik-uh n] /ˈkwɪk ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten:
She quickened her pace.
2.
to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate:
to quicken the imagination.
3.
to revive; restore life to:
The spring rains quickened the earth.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become more active, sensitive, etc.:
This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
5.
to become alive; receive life.
6.
(of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
7.
(of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English quikenen. See quick, -en1
Related forms
quickener, noun
requicken, verb
unquickened, adjective
Synonyms
2. animate, vitalize, enliven. 3. vivify.
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British Dictionary definitions for re quicken

quicken

/ˈkwɪkən/
verb
1.
to make or become faster; accelerate he quickened his walk, her heartbeat quickened with excitement
2.
to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulated science quickens man's imagination
3.
to make or become alive; revive
4.
  1. (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
  2. (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt
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re quicken in Medicine

quicken quick·en (kwĭk'ən)
v. quick·ened, quick·en·ing, quick·ens

  1. To become more rapid.

  2. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.

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