- 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 hastening
Hastening her decline has been a downturn in Brazil's economic fortunes.Can Dilma Rousseff Recover?
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I was hastening to the British national archives to immerse myself in old documents.‘Soldaten: Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs’ by Soenke Neitzel & Harald Welzer
Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
September 24, 2012
Israel in PerilDavid Shulman, The New York Review of Books How the Jewish state is hastening its own demise.The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for May 18, 2012
May 18, 2012
And what would Brooks have Obama do if the road to “hastening” were paved with weeks of bloodshed?Leave Iran to the Iranians
Leslie H. Gelb
June 21, 2009
After Bear's demise last March, newly retired CEO Jimmy Cayne blamed Goldman Sachs, among others, for hastening its death.Does Goldman Sachs Really Rule the World?
William D. Cohan
October 8, 2008
The letter, hastening to its destination, had contained the stolen money.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She has been almost everywhere, and is now hastening to make it everywhere.Quaint Courtships
"Of course, of course," he said, hastening from the carriage.The Greater Inclination
People were hastening along the passage and knocking at the doors.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
That is my brother, who is hastening to Ging Dschou in his rage.The Chinese Fairy Book
- (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 hastening
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