Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make more rapid; accelerate.
  • transitive v. To make alive; vitalize.
  • transitive v. To excite and stimulate; stir: Such stories quicken the imagination.
  • transitive v. To make steeper.
  • intransitive v. To become more rapid. See Synonyms at speed.
  • intransitive v. To come or return to life: "And the weak spirit quickens” ( T.S. Eliot).
  • intransitive v. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The European rowan tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
  • transitive v. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate
  • transitive v. To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become quick or alive; receive life.
  • To become quick or lively; become more active or sensitive.
  • To enter that state of pregnancy in which the child gives indications of life; begin to manifest signs of life in the womb: said of the mother or the child. The motion of the fetus is first felt by the mother usually about the eighteenth week of pregnancy.
  • To make quick or alive; vivify; revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state.
  • To revive; cheer; reinvigorate; refresh.
  • To make quick or speedy; hasten; accelerate: as, to quicken motion, speed, or flight.
  • To sharpen; give keener perception to; stimulate; incite: as, to quicken the appetite or taste; to quicken desires.
  • To work with yeast.
  • Synonyms To expedite, hurry, speed.
  • To excite, animate.
  • n. The couch- or quitch-grass, Agropyrum (Triticum) repens. Also quickens.
  • n. Same as quick-beam.
  • In naval architecture, to give a greater curve to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make keen or more acute
  • v. move faster
  • v. show signs of life
  • v. give new life or energy to
  • v. give life or energy to

Etymologies

From quick +‎ -en. Compare Swedish kvickna, Danish kvikne. (Wiktionary)

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