quicken [kwik-uhn] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)
- to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
- to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.
- to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.
verb (used without object)
- to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
- to become alive; receive life.
- (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
- (of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.
Origin of quicken First recorded in 1250–1300, quicken is from the Middle English word quikenen. See, Related formsquick·en·er, nounre·quick·en, verbun·quick·ened, adjectiveSynonyms for quicken 2. , , . 3. . Examples from the Web for quickener Historical Examples of quickener
It was a quickener to him, that his road lay for some distance along the Linden-city causeway.
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
Henry’s silence was probably meant as a quickener of the beadsman’s garrulity.
As a teacher he proved himself a quickener of thought amongst students, rather than a close and special instructor.
It is a quickener of the intellect, a purifier of the affections, and an instrument of heightening our spiritual aspirations.
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
And truly Mr. Chesterton is invaluable as a quickener and stimulator of the minds of his readers.
British Dictionary definitions for quickener quicken verb
- to make or become faster; acceleratehe quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement
- to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulatedscience quickens man’s imagination
- to make or become alive; revive
- (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
- (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt
Word Origin and History for quickener quicken v.
c.1300, “come to life; give life to,” from(adj.) + (1). Meaning “become faster” is from 1805. Related: Quickened; quickening. An earlier verb was simply quick (c.1200), from Old English gecwician.
quickener in Medicine quicken [kwĭk′ən] v.
- To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.