[ hey-suhn ]
/ ˈheɪ sən /

verb (used without object)

to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. hasta mañana,
  2. hastate,
  3. hastately,
  4. haste,
  5. haste makes waste,
  6. hastie,
  7. hastily,
  8. hasting,
  9. hastings,
  10. hastings, battle of

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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British Dictionary definitions for hastened


/ (ˈheɪsən) /


(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
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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