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English Dictionary: quicken by the DICT Development Group
3 results for quicken
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate, speed up, speed, quicken]
    Antonym(s): decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up
  2. make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"
    Synonym(s): whet, quicken
  3. give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
    Synonym(s): quicken, invigorate
  4. show signs of life; "the fetus quickened"
  5. give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
    Synonym(s): animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Quicken \Quick"en\, v. i.
      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.
                     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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Quicken \Quick"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {quickened}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Quickening}.] [AS. cwician. See {Quick}, a.]
      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.
                     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. (Shipbuilding) 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.
      Syn: To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify;
               refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate;
               expedite; dispatch; speed.
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