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Definition of quicken verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quicken
    he / she / it quickens
    past simple quickened
    -ing form quickening
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive, transitive] quicken (something) to become more active; to make something more active His interest quickened as he heard more about the plan.
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