- to cause to hasten; accelerate: to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.
Origin of hasten
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2. urge, press; expedite, quicken, speed; precipitate.
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Examples from the Web for hastened
There was just a disabled senior citizen who had been hastened to her grave, and the press paid the matter scant attention.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
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In spite of myself a chill crept over me at the sight of the white puffy face, and I hastened to pass.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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When I asked whether the debate would bring any financial perks, Ham hastened to talk me down.The Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate Was a Nightmare for Science
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Perhaps—though getting past Edward Snowden would have hastened this, too.Kerry: Sending a Message to Whom?
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It's bad business, he hastened to add, but if that's what they want to do, the state should not be able to compel them otherwise.The Weirdness That Is Rand Paul
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We hastened on, and to our delight found one of the best springs in the colony.Explorations in Australia
He then hastened back to his gin, whom he had left five miles off.
The moment her husband was gone, his mother rose and hastened to her son!Weighed and Wanting
She hastened to point out the other side of the matter, the insecurity of it, the disgrace.
He ordered them about like children, and they hastened to do his will.
- (may take an infinitive) to hurry or cause to hurry; rush
- (tr) to be anxious (to say something)I hasten to add that we are just good friends
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Word Origin and History for hastened
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