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verb (used without object)
  1. to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to hasten; accelerate: to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.
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Origin of hasten

First recorded in 1565–75; haste + -en1
Related formshas·ten·er, nounout·has·ten, verb (used with object)o·ver·has·ten, verbun·has·tened, adjective

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Related Words for hasten

urge, accelerate, precipitate, expedite, quicken, clip, gallop, skip, bound, dispatch, dash, sprint, trot, scamper, goad, leap, bustle, hustle, plunge, run

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British Dictionary definitions for hasten


  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 Formshastener, noun
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Word Origin and History for hasten


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

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