Meaning of quicken

quick•en

Pronunciation: (kwik'un), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
  2. to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.
  3. to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.
—v.i.
  1. to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
  2. to become alive; receive life.
  3. (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
  4. (of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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