verb (quickened; quickening) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to make alive ; revive b. to cause to be enlivened ; stimulate 2. archaic a. kindle b. to cause to burn more intensely 3. to make more rapid ; hasten, accelerate <
quickened her steps
4. a. to make (a curve) sharper b. to make (a slope) steeper intransitive verb 1. to quicken something 2. to come to life; especially to enter into a phase of active growth and development <
seeds quickening in the soil
3. to reach the stage of gestation at which fetal motion is felt 4. to shine more brightly <
watched the dawn quickening in the east
5. to become more rapid <
her pulse quickened at the sight
quickener noun Synonyms: quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively. quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert <
the arrival of spring quickens the earth
. animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial <
happiness animated his conversation
. enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity <
enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes
. vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality <
new blood needed to vivify the dying club
. Synonym: see in addition provoke.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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