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[ hey-suhn ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry:

    to hasten to a place.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to hasten; accelerate:

    to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.

    Synonyms: precipitate, speed, quicken, expedite, press, urge


/ ˈheɪsən /


  1. may take an infinitive to hurry or cause to hurry; rush
  2. tr to be anxious (to say something)

    I hasten to add that we are just good friends

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhastener, noun
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Other Words From

  • hasten·er noun
  • outhasten verb (used with object)
  • over·hasten verb
  • un·hastened adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hasten1

First recorded in 1565–75; haste + -en 1
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Example Sentences

While USTR’s profile heightened, Lighthizer largely avoided the limelight, knowing that upstaging his boss could hasten his exit.

“These results suggest cultivating awe enhances positive emotions that foster social connection and diminishes negative emotions that hasten decline,” the researchers concluded in their paper.

New seafloor maps reveal the first clear view of a system of channels that may be helping to hasten the demise of West Antarctica’s vulnerable Thwaites Glacier.

Biochemical changes from loneliness can accelerate the spread of cancer, hasten heart disease and Alzheimer’s, or simply drain the most vital among us of the will to go on.

If that makes male leopards change their migratory patterns permanently, it could hasten the animal’s decline even faster.

From Ozy

“This has got to be the oldest way in the human race to hasten death,” he said.

As I hasten to reassure these exasperated moms and dads, I had to be in the office anyway.

And his election would not hasten the Republican apocalypse.

But fluctuations of mere feet during its flood season could sustain the rise of empires, or hasten their fall.

And in the case of South Africa, the divestment effort helped hasten the demise of an evil regime.

By the second process, it is made to the advantage of the issuer of the notes to hasten their withdrawal himself.

Who he could not make out, except that it was a Kirton: and it prayed him to hasten down immediately.

Hasten the time, and remember the end, that they may declare thy wonderful works.

He had perhaps placed in her hand the weapon that should hasten his own defeat, stretch him bleeding on the sand.

Let them hasten and take up a lamentation for us: let our eyes shed tears, and our eyelids run down with waters.


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More About Hasten

What does hasten mean?

Hasten means to go faster or cause to go faster.

Hasten often sounds a bit formal. More informal phrases like speed up and hurry up can be used to mean the same thing and are more commonly used.

Hasten is often used in the context of saying that efforts to achieve some kind of goal need to be accelerated (done faster), as in We need to hasten our efforts to address climate change. 

To hasten something’s demise is to make it fail more quickly.

The related noun haste most commonly refers to urgency, such as in completing a task. It can also be used as another word for speed or swiftness, as in We have to move with haste if we want to make it on time. The phrase make haste means to move quickly, hurry up, or rush.

Example: This report highlights the fact that we need to hasten our efforts to eradicate this disease.

Where does hasten come from?

The first records of the word hasten come from around 1570. It’s a combination of the noun haste and the suffix -en, which is used to form verbs from nouns (as in heighten and lengthen).

Most of the time, the noun haste implies that something was simply done too fast, leading to mistakes. Hasten, though, does not imply this. It’s typically used in the context of speeding up work on a task in order to get it done.

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How is hasten used in real life?

Hasten is less commonly used than more informal terms like speed up.



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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of hasten?

A. speed up
B. hurry up
C. slow down
D. accelerate




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