- Make or become faster, more active, or more intense.
- Make or become alive.
Middle english: from old english cwician, cwician "revive, come to life", of germanic origin; related to quick.
- She quickened her pace as she saw the finish line.
- The music quickened his pulse.
- The wind quickened and the waves grew higher.
- He quickened the fire by adding more wood.
- The news of his arrival quickened her heart.