quicken Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “quicken” in the English Dictionary

"quicken" in British English

See all translations

quickenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkwɪk.ən/
to ​becomequicker, or to make something ​becomequicker: This is ​music that will make ​yourpulse quicken. We'll have to quicken the ​pace if we ​want to ​keep up with him.literary Peter ​walked in the ​room and her ​heart quickened. If a ​feeling or ​quality quickens, it ​becomes more ​active, or to make a ​feeling or ​quality do this: His ​interest quickened when he ​saw her. War quickens ​ourawareness.
(Definition of quicken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quicken" in American English

See all translations

quickenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkwɪk·ən/
to ​become or make ​faster or more ​active: [I] His ​pulse quickened when he ​saw her. [T] Computers have quickened the ​pace of ​communications.
(Definition of quicken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of quicken?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More