Definition of quicken :
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.
2. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
3. 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.
4. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.
5. 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.
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expedite (part of speech: verb)
hasten (part of speech: verb)
- Why did his pulses suddenly quicken? - "Quicksands", Adolph Streckfuss.
- In conformity with this determination, the " Dart" was brought on the other tack, and several sails were set, in order to quicken her speed. - "The Red Rover", James Fenimore Cooper.
- In this manner, they led and drove him along, the fellow behind occasionally biting the beast's tail, to quicken his motions; until at length the poor creature was made fast to an anchor on the beach, there to await the butcher. - "Journal of an African Cruiser", Horatio Bridge.