Adjective "quicken" definition and examples

(Quicken may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make or become faster or quicker.
  1. no object 'I felt my pulse quicken'
  2. 'Hormonal changes during pregnancy could have quickened the process, they learned.'
  3. 'As I read the first paragraph of the letter, my heart rate quickened.'
  4. 'Asha waited expectantly, with a trace of fear and curiosity, her heartbeat quickening slightly at the prospect.'
  5. 'Her heartbeat quickens when the footsteps suddenly stop, and the door to the bedroom opens and closes.'
  6. 'Still, the contenders' pulses will be quickening this morning.'
  7. 'The big finale, which should be an edge-of-seat cliffhanger, barely quickens the pulse, and merely provides Willis with the opportunity to grandstand.'
  8. 'She also urged Japan to quicken the pace of a project aimed at disposing of the huge stockpiles of chemical weapons left in China by retreating Japanese armies.'
  9. 'The pulse quickens at the sight of the low range of hills which interpose themselves between the fields and the Libyan Desert - the final resting places of the pharaohs and their families.'
  10. 'Instead of turning around I quicken my pace, stepping into an entranceway, pressing myself back against the door in fear.'
  11. 'Hearing how bullfighters dramatically flirt with death in the work of an afternoon quickens the pulse; and wandering the old streets of Seville in the bright Andalusian sunshine cannot fail to stimulate your imagination, too.'
Stimulate or become stimulated.
  1. 'he looked with quickening curiosity through the smoke'
  2. 'Interest will quicken in the discarded, spartan works of Bacewicz and Baird, inspiring a generational revival.'
  3. 'Now, that quickening we call interest originates in the nervous system, but is not limited by it.'
  4. 'Yet, obviously, such transference might quicken interest and offer other ways of thinking about a subject.'
  5. 'Historically, so far as I can understand, periods of spiritual quickening and revival have gone in hand with God's people coming together to pray.'
  6. 'In 1773 he became sheriff of Bedford, where an inspection of the local jail quickened his interest in the sufferings of prisoners.'
  7. 'on the third day after his death the human body of Jesus was quickened by the Spirit'
  8. 'The corpse is then made to swallow crushed rose petals, infused with Azoth, which quicken the corpse to life.'
  9. 'Never break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time.'
  10. 'To quicken the flames, benzine and oil were used in great quantities.'
(of a woman) reach a stage in pregnancy when movements of the fetus can be felt.
  1. 'The imaginary quickening, marks the period when our ancestors believed the foetus to become endued with life and soul.'
  2. 'The Catholic church teaches that life begins at conception; it used to teach that life began at quickening, some 40 days into pregnancy.'
  3. 'Up until the 19th century, a woman was deemed officially pregnant when she felt her fetus quicken, which was about four or five months after intercourse had occurred.'

More definitions

verb (used with object)

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. verb (used without object)

4. to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.

5. to become alive; receive life.

6. (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives i