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[hey-suh n] /ˈheɪ sən/
verb (used without object)
to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry:
to hasten to a place.
verb (used with object)
to cause to hasten; accelerate:
to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.
Origin of hasten
First recorded in 1565-75; haste + -en1
Related forms
hastener, noun
outhasten, verb (used with object)
overhasten, verb
unhastened, adjective
2. urge, press; expedite, quicken, speed; precipitate. Unabridged
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  • We hastened on, and to our delight found one of the best springs in the colony.

  • 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 George MacDonald
  • She hastened to point out the other side of the matter, the insecurity of it, the disgrace.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He ordered them about like children, and they hastened to do his will.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for hastened


(may take an infinitive) to hurry or cause to hurry; rush
(transitive) to be anxious (to say something): I hasten to add that we are just good friends
Derived Forms
hastener, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastened



1560s, extended form of haste (v.) with -en (1). Related: Hastened; hastening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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