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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.

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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Contemporary Examples of hastened

Historical Examples of hastened

  • 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.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for hastened


  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
Derived Formshastener, noun
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Word Origin and History for hastened



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

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