- 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 hastens
That way, the still beating heart facilitates the draining of the roughly 10 gallons of blood even as it hastens its own end.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
In Ecclesiastes 1:5 we read “The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.”‘The Principle’: Geocentrism is What Real Biblical Literalism Looks Like
Karl W. Giberson
April 10, 2014
He hastens to add that he means its behavior toward the countries it conquered, not its extermination of the Jews.How “The Gatekeepers” Makes The Case For Peace
January 30, 2013
So now we have a decision that (face it, conservatives) hastens the day when this country will have single-payer health care.Seven More Thoughts on the Decision
June 29, 2012
He hastens to assure them that they labor under the most hideous of delusions.
But you see Sir Peter adores me so that he hastens to gratify my smallest wish.The First Violin
In connection with the Vegetable Compound it hastens the cure.Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
He holds her hand in close pressure one instant and hastens from the room.
The other matter is one to which he hastens with eager heart.
- (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 hastens
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