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"quicken" in British English

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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

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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)
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