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quicken

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈkwɪk.ən/ us  
to become quicker, or to make something become quicker: This is music that will make your pulse 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 our awareness.
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