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Definition of "quicken" []

  • To make more rapid; accelerate. (verb-transitive)
  • To make alive; vitalize. (verb-transitive)
  • To excite and stimulate; stir: Such stories quicken the imagination. (verb-transitive)
  • To make steeper. (verb-transitive)
  • To become more rapid. See Synonyms at speed. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quicken" in a sentence
  • "Pick up the phone and call quicken loans, ask for Bryan B."
  • "Gandhi said that the purpose of nonviolent action is to "quicken" the conscience of humankind."
  • "In most factories it is usual to "quicken" the objects to be silvered before placing them in the electrolysis vats, because the deposit is said to adhere better in consequence of this treatment."