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v. quick·ened, quick·en·ing, quick·ens
1. To make more rapid: Stress quickens the pulse.
2. To cause (a body or soul, for example) to become alive; vitalize.
3. To excite and stimulate; stir: Such stories quicken the imagination.
1. To become more rapid. See Synonyms at speed.
2. To come or return to life, as a soul.
3. To become excited or stimulated: Our interest in the project has quickened.
4. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.

quick′en·er n.


a person who quickens
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Noun1.quickener - an agent that gives or restores life or vigor; "the soul is the quickener of the body"
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
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Mizzou has since improved significantly in three outings at Ascot, where the straight is shorter, but he is more of a lengthener than a quickener and the return to a course with a home straight of more than four furlongs might unlock further improvement.
She's a long-striding filly and is a lengthener, rather than a quickener, and needs a gallop.
Derby winner Authorized is missing the gig in favour of the York August meeting and there is hardly a pulse quickener in the whole field.