Definition of Quicken

1. Verb. Move faster. "These cars won't quicken "; "The car accelerated"

Exact synonyms: Accelerate, Speed, Speed Up
Specialized synonyms: Brisk, Brisk Up, Brisken
Generic synonyms: Deepen, Intensify
Derivative terms: Accelerative, Acceleratory, Quickening, Speed, Speed, Speed, Speedup
Antonyms: Decelerate



2. Verb. Make keen or more acute. "Whet my appetite"
Exact synonyms: Whet
Generic synonyms: Excite, Stimulate, Stir

3. Verb. Give life or energy to. "The cold water invigorated him"
Exact synonyms: Invigorate
Generic synonyms: Excite, Stimulate
Derivative terms: Invigoration, Invigoration, Quickener

4. Verb. Show signs of life. "The fetus quickened"
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Quickening

5. Verb. Give new life or energy to. "This treatment repaired my health"

Definition of Quicken

1. v. t. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.

2. v. i. 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.

Definition of Quicken

1. Verb. (transitive now literary) To give life to; to animate, make alive, revive. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive now literary) To come back to life, receive life. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To take on a state of activity or vigour comparable to life; to be roused, excited. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To make quicker; to hasten, speed up. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To become faster. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Noun. The European rowan tree. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quicken

1. to speed up [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Quicken

1. 1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the foetus in the womb. "The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies." (Ray) "And keener lightnings quicken in her eye." (Pope) "When the pale and bloodless east began To quicken to the sun." (Tennyson) 2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened. 1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite. "The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead." (Shak) "Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize." (South) 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. 3. 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. Synonym: To revive, resuscitate, animate, reinvigorate, vivify, refresh, stimulate, sharpen, incite, hasten, accelerate, expedite, dispatch, speed. Origin: AS. Cwician. See Quick. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quicken

quick on the draw
quick on the uptake
quick pitch
quick smart
quick study
quick temper
quick time
quick time event
quick time events
quickbeam
quickbeams
quickbread
quickbreads
quickdraw
quickdraws
quicken (current term)
quicken tree
quickened
quickener
quickeners
quickenest
quickeneth
quickening
quickeningly
quickenings
quickens
quicker
quickest
quickfire
quickfrozen

Literary usage of Quicken

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1. A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament by Edward Robinson (1836)
"... to recall to life, to quicken, to reanimate, John 5:21 bis. Rom. 4: 17. 8:11. 1 Cor. 15: 22. 1 Pet. 3: 18. — Test. Xll Pair. p. ..."

2. A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament by Edward Robinson (1852)
"Of the dead, to recall to life, to quicken, to reanimate, John v. 21 bis. Rom. iv. 17. viii. 11. ... Of seeds, to quicken, Pass, to germinate, 1 Cor. xv. ..."

3. A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament by Edward Robinson (1836)
"... to recall to life, to quicken, to reanimate, John 5: 21 bis. Rom. 4: 17. 8: 11. 1 Cor. 15: 22. 1 Pet. 3: 18. — Test. Xll Pair. p. ..."

4. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Atrides now was there, and shunn'da clash : But, slanting from the roadway, Nestor's Son quicken'd his steeds, then slanted back, and bare Full on him, ..."

5. A Spiritual Treasury for the Children of God: Consisting of a Meditation for by William Mason (1803)
"No man can quicken his own soul; it is the sovereign work of almighty power; it is equally ascribed to the loving Father, the redeeming Son, ..."

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