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1    to make or become faster; accelerate  
he quickened his walk, her heartbeat quickened with excitement     
2    to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc.; stimulate or be stimulated  
science quickens man's imagination     
3    to make or become alive; revive  
a    (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life  
b    (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt  
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