(noun, verb)


1. (now chiefly Northern England) The European rowan, Sorbus aucuparia. [from 15th c.]


1. move faster

Similar word(s): accelerate, speed

Definition categories: change, deepen, intensify

2. make keen or more acute

Similar word(s): whet

Definition categories: perception, excite, stimulate, stir

3. give life or energy to

Similar word(s): invigorate

Definition categories: change, excite, stimulate

4. show signs of life

- the fetus quickened

Definition categories: body, move

5. give new life or energy to

Similar word(s): animate, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify

Definition categories: body, arouse, brace, energise, energize, stimulate

Sentences with quicken as a verb:

- My heartbeat quickened when I heard him approach.

- to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced