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verb (used with object)
to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.
to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.
verb (used without object)
to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
to become alive; receive life.
(of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
(of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.

1250–1300; Middle English quikenen. See quick, -en1

quickener, noun
requicken, verb
unquickened, adjective

2. animate, vitalize, enliven. 3. vivify.
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quicken (ˈkwɪkən)
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.  a.  (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
 b.  (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt

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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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