- 1[intransitive, transitive] to become quicker or make something quicker She felt her heartbeat quicken as he approached. quicken something He quickened his pace to catch up with them.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] quicken (something) to become more active; to make something more active His interest quickened as he heard more about the plan.
NAmE//ˈkwɪkən//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quicken
he / she / it quickens
past simple quickened
-ing form quickening