• Verb
  • to make (something) faster
    1. She quickened [=hastened] her steps.
    2. We quickened the pace. [=we started to walk faster]
    3. Stimulants can quicken the heart rate.
  • to become faster
    1. His pulse quickened at the thought of seeing her again.
    2. a quickening tempo
  • to make (something, such as a feeling) stronger or more active
    1. The approach of the deadline quickened our sense of urgency.
  • to become stronger or more active
    1. The drama quickened when police arrived at the scene.