- 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.
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkən//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quicken
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkən//he / she / it quickens
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkənz//past simple quickened
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkənd//past participle quickened
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkənd//-ing form quickening
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪkənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪkənɪŋ//