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hasten

[ hey-suhn ]
/ ˈheɪ sən /
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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.
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Origin of hasten

First recorded in 1565–75; haste + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM hasten

has·ten·er, nounouthasten, verb (used with object)o·ver·has·ten, verbun·has·tened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hasten

hasten
/ (ˈheɪsən) /

verb
(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 forms of hasten

hastener, noun
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