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Meaning of QUICKEN

Pronunciation:  'kwikun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
  2. [v]  show signs of life; of a fetus
  3. [v]  move faster; "The car accelerated"
  4. [v]  give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
  5. [v]  make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"

QUICKEN is a 7 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: accelerate, animate, invigorate, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, speed, speed up, vivify, whet
 Antonyms: decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up
 See Also: arouse, brace, brisk, brisk up, brisken, deepen, energise, energize, excite, excite, intensify, move, perk up, stimulate, stimulate, stimulate, stir



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.