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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 quick·en /ˈkwɪkən/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 quick·en /ˈkwɪkən/ 不及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Quick·en, v. i.
 1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the fetus in the womb.
    The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.   -- Ray.
    And keener lightnings quicken in her eye.   --Pope.
 When the pale and bloodless east began
 To quicken to the sun.   --Tennyson.
 2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Quick·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.]
 1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
    The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead.   --Shak.
    Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize.   -- South.
 2. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed.
 3. Shipbuilding To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced.
 Syn: -- To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate, speed
           up, speed] [ant: decelerate]
      2: make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite" [syn: whet]
      3: give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
         [syn: invigorate]
      4: show signs of life; "the fetus quickened"
      5: give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me";
         "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired
         my health" [syn: animate, recreate, reanimate, revive,
          renovate, repair, vivify, revivify]