transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1.1 [rate/pulse] acelerar; [procedure] agilizar* he quickened his pace apretó or aceleró el paso the quickening pace of the changes el ritmo cada vez más acelerado de los cambios 1.2 [interest] despertar*; [appetite] estimularMore example sentences
- Now, that quickening we call interest originates in the nervous system, but is not limited by it.
- In 1773 he became sheriff of Bedford, where an inspection of the local jail quickened his interest in the sufferings of prisoners.
- Yet, obviously, such transference might quicken interest and offer other ways of thinking about a subject.
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1 1.1 [rate/pulse] acelerarse; [procedure] agilizarse* her heartbeats quickened when she heard his voice al oír su voz el corazón empezó a latirle con fuerza 1.2 [interest/enthusiasm] aumentar, acrecentarse* [formal]More example sentences
- The bandsmen, all dressed in their serious splendour, played at a determined pace, which quickened the pulse.
- As the ‘kurathi’ started narrating her tale of woe, the pace of the songs quickened as did the steps of her dance.
- She also urged Japan to quicken the pace of a project aimed at disposing of the huge stockpiles of chemical weapons left in China by retreating Japanese armies.
- 2 [literary/literario] [seeds/bulb] brotar
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.