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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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